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Uruguayan Medical Journal

ISSN: 1688-0390

Vol.23 - Nº 3 - Set. 2007

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Post-prosthetic functionality in vascular amputees

Rev Med Urug 2007; 23: 173-178
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Background: prosthetization is a goal to reach for vascular

amputees patients in order to achieve acceptable functional

levels and to increase quality of life.

Objective: to measure post-prosthetic functionality in

vascular amputees.

Methods: a retrospective, longitudinal, descriptive and

analytic study is described, n = 58, prosthetic vascular

amputees at least one year longer. Functionality achieved

in the first year and each successive year following the

prosthesis was measured using Russek.s Code and hours

of prosthesis use.

Results: the median age was 70.5. Seventy-one percent

(71%) were men. Co-morbility was seen in 86% of the

population and diabetes in 51%. Bellow-knee amputees

represented 69% of the population and above-knee amputees,

31%. Functionality at year was 41% (Russek, complete

rehabilitation) and 80% considering levels 1, 2 and 3

(Russek, functional independence); prosthesis use

reached at least half of the expected walk-hours. Followed

up patients maintained functionality at year four. Age and

above-knee amputation were associated with functionality.

Diabetes was not associated with functionality.

Conclusions: Russek.s scale was a simple and rapid

tool to measure postprosthetic functionality for everyday

life activities and walk.