Perioperative Amputation Care

​Evidence-Based Postoperative Clinical Solutions

We care for amputation patients following evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.* Post-operative removable rigid dressings (RRD), patient education and peer support are all part of a comprehensive care plan that improves patients' opportunity for successful outcomes.


  • RRDs reduce edema, reduce the risk of flexion contractures, shorten the healing process and accelerate the time to prosthetic fitting.
  • Peer support improves quality of life and speeds healing time and a return to mobility.
  • Education helps patients cope and plan for life after limb loss.
Together, these aspects of care improve patient outcomes.

AmpuShield® Limb Protector

Over 40 years of published evidence** shows that RRDs expedite healing, promote earlier ambulation, reduce length of acute stay, provide limb protection that eliminates the need for revisions due to falls, control edema, prevent contractures and allow for visual inspection of the wound at any time.

Our proprietary line of AmpuShield® below knee (BK) and above knee (AK) limb protectors are appropriate for all transtibial and transfemoral amputation patients. The soft inner liner is gentle on the surgical site, and a rigid frame provides all the benefits of RRDs. AmpuShield is available from your local Hanger Clinic office and is measured and fit the same day for most patients.

Contact a Hanger Clinic prosthetist in your area to fit your next amputation patient with AmpuShield.

AMPOWER® Peer Support Network

"No one should go through this alone."

Hanger Clinic created the AMPOWER® program to provide educational resources and emotional support to people with limb loss. Trained and certified AMPOWER peer mentors provide preoperative and postoperative visits with patients and loved ones to help patients regain the confidence to move forward after amputation. As the nation's largest amputee peer support organization, AMPOWER can match patients with mentors who have similar profiles and experiences.

We also connect people with limb loss through our password protected online community, EmpoweringAmputees.org

Learn more at HangerClinic.com/AMPOWER


Patient Education

We provide print and online educational materials to support patients along their entire journey, from pre-op to the delivery of their prosthesis.

*Acute Postoperative Care of the Residual Limb Following Transtibial Amputation: A Clinical Practice Guideline. Stevens, Phillip, Rheinstein, John, Cambell, James. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Volume 97 , Issue 10 , e21

** REFERENCES: [1] Highsmith JM et al. Prosthetic interventions for people with transtibial amputation: Systematic review and meta-analysis of high-quality prospective literature and systematic review: J Rehabil Res Dev. 2016;52(2):157-84. [2] Churilov I, Churilov L, Murphy. Do rigid dressing reduce the time from amputation to prosthetic fitting? A systematic review and meta-analysis. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Oct;28(7):1801-8. [3] Geertzen J et al. Dutch evidence-based guidelines for amputation and prosthetics for the lower extremity: Amputation surgery and postoperative management. Part 1. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2015 Oct;39(5):351-60. [4] Nawijn SE, H van der Linde, CH Emmelot and CJ Hofstad. Stump management after transtibial amputation: A systematic review. Prosthet Orthot Int. 2005;29(1):13-26.

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