Clin Orthop Relat Res 2019 04;477(4):829-835
K. Spahn, Department of Orthopedics, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA M. P. Wyatt, J. M. Stewart, C5 Gait Analysis Laboratory, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA B. N. Mazzone, A. J. Yoder, DoD-VA Extremity Trauma and Amputation Center of Excellence, San Diego, CA, USA; and Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego CA, USA K. M. Kuhn, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA.
Background: Surgical attempts at lower limb preservation after trauma may be complicated by pain and gait disturbances, which can impact the activity level of a military service member. It is unclear how later transtibial amputation (TTA) might affect patients who elect this option after attempts at limb preservation.
Questions/purposes: The purposes of the study were to compare preamputation and postamputation (1) the numeric rating scale for pain and pain medication use; (2) self-reported activity level, Four Square Step Test (FSST) results, and assistive device use; and (3) spatiotemporal variables measured with instrumented gait analysis in individuals who elected TTA after multiple attempts at limb preservation. Read More