The Center for Amputee Rehabilitation
Each year, more than 130,000 individuals in the United States undergo the amputation of a limb and face a challenging period of physical recovery. More than that, they must deal with a full range of complex psychological, emotional and social issues.
Kessler's team of amputee rehabilitation specialists understands this and works closely with each patient to help restore strength and confidence, regain function and mobility, and build an independent and rewarding life.
Studies show that where an individual goes for treatment can make all the difference in his or her recovery. Kessler, a specialized rehabilitation hospital, combines advanced medical, nursing and therapy care with innovative prosthetic technology to help individuals optimize life ahead. Our comprehensive approach to amputee rehabilitation focuses on the post-surgical, prosthetic and outpatient/reintegration phases to:
- address proper wound care and limb management
- increase an individual's strength, flexibility, coordination and endurance, and decrease pain
- provide the expert fitting and custom-manufacture of a prosthesis to meet personal lifestyle needs
- train individuals to use their prosthesis with confidence and comfort, and avoid complications
In fact, Kessler offers an unparalleled continuum of care – inpatient through outpatient – to enhance each patient's recovery, enabling individuals to build on the strengths and skills they have acquired.
Our Rehabilitation Team
Kessler's interdisciplinary amputee rehabilitation team draws on the expertise and experience of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists to ensure the delivery of quality care. This team includes:
- Physicians who manage our patients' complex medical needs around the clock
- Rehabilitation nurses who provide compassionate, evidence-based care to each patient
- Physical and occupational therapists who involve patients in an integrated and intensive treatment program for a minimum of three hours daily
- Psychologists who help patients deal with a range of emotional, social and/or behavioral issues
- Dietitians who ensure proper nutrition to promote healing and control diabetes or other conditions
- Case managers who carefully coordinate the individual's stay and discharge plans
Kessler Orthotic & Prosthetic Services
An integral part of the amputee rehabilitation team are our certified prosthetists who use the latest knowledge and technologies in the industry to customize the design, fit and manufacture of the most appropriate prosthesis. Among the many services and products available through Kessler Orthotic & Prosthetic Services are:
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) to improve socket fit and performance
- Materials that decrease prosthetic weight while enhancing strength
- Microprocessor-controlled knee joints
- Upgrades in the torsion and shock absorption for feet and ankles
Kessler Amputee Rehabilitation Clinic
Ongoing support is available to clients through our Amputee Rehabilitation Clinic. Here a team of clinicians – including a physiatrist, prosthetist, physical therapist and podorthotist – evaluate and monitor patients' progress. They quickly and effectively address any needs, problems or concerns that may arise, as well as make adjustments to current devices, introduce advances in prosthetic design and offer guidance to meet changing lifestyle needs.
We recognize the unique needs of our patients and offer many specialized services to meet them, including vocational counseling, advanced wheelchair and seating options and the introduction to assistive devices and technologies. Our renowned Driver Rehabilitation Program helps individuals to develop the skills necessary to operate a vehicle safely, as well as to make recommendations for vehicle modifications.
Kessler's Peer Visitor Program, developed in cooperation with the Amputee Coalition of America, brings together patients and families with specially trained and certified amputee volunteers for peer-to-peer mentoring. In addition, Kessler offers a monthly Amputee Support Group, which gives amputees and their families the opportunity to share information, discuss common problems and learn from the experiences of others.
Studies show that patients treated at an acute rehabilitation hospital like Kessler have a higher level of functional independence and are more likely to be discharged home than those treated in other care settings. On average, Kessler patients have greater improvement during their stay and a higher level of functional independence upon discharge, based on national benchmarks that measure criteria such as locomotion and activities of daily living.
For More Information
For more information about Kessler's Amputee Rehabilitation Program, to arrange a tour or to discuss admissions, contact us or call Kessler's West Orange, Saddle Brook or Chester Campus.