Our mission is to provide optimal care and achieve the highest level of function and mobility for our patients.
This specialty center of excellence at Hospital for Special Surgery offers integrated care for the patient faced with a limb at risk or after having already undergone amputation surgery. Orthopedic surgeons work intimately with other key professionals including certified prosthetists, physical therapists, patient counselors, and psychologists to offer state of the art treatment to our patients. Other physicians specializing in infectious disease, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, and pain management are consulted as needed. The Motion Analysis Lab is used for diagnostic purposes, evaluation of outcomes, and clinical and translational research. Patient centered clinical research will help us further advance the care of the individual with a severely compromised limb.
If you have a limb at risk from infection, bone loss, soft-tissue compromise related to trauma, tumor reconstruction, or peripheral vascular disease, we will determine if you are a candidate for limb salvage surgery or amputation reconstruction surgery. Our surgeons are experts in both limb salvage surgery and amputation reconstruction: they will guide you toward the best approach for your needs. After surgery, you will get support and services at HSS.
If you have already had an amputation, we will provide the support you need. This includes prosthetic fitting, physical therapy, psychological support, and the expertise of patient counselors. These counselors are themselves amputees who run walking schools, support groups, and offer individual counseling. If you had an amputation surgery at a different hospital and are having difficulties, we will evaluate you to determine the root of the problem and offer to you the best solution.
Don’t take our word for it – see the pictures and read the stories shared directly by our patients. Some are candid and emotional, while others are funny and lighthearted — all are truly inspiring.