Postoperative Prosthetic Modalities for Lower Limb Amputation


This one hour introductory level course for PT/PTA, OT/OTA, RN, Case Managers and other health care professionals discusses the many immediate and early postoperative prosthetic techniques available. Understanding the various treatment options, as well as their benefits and risks, will allow the most appropriate techniques to be applied to the user with a lower limb amputation as healing progresses. The categories of modalities presented are: soft dressings and compression therapy; removable rigid dressings (RRDs); and non-removable rigid dressings. The presentation ends with a review of important components of the total Rehabilitation Treatment Plan for the individual after a lower limb amputation; including: residual limb pain management; scar mobilization; psychological adjustment; functional mobility; gait training; strengthening, stretching and balance activities; and aspects of patient/family education.

Course Syllabus

Course Handout

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend the effectiveness of various forms of postoperative prosthetic modalities for lower limb amputation
  • Describe the postoperative early rehabilitation process
  • List the benefits of postoperative treatment for the rehabilitation of an individual after a lower limb amputation
  • Describe the goals of postoperative management
  • Compare the techniques for immediate and early prosthetic interventions, specifically: Soft dressings and compression therapy; Removable rigid dressings (RRDs); Non-removable rigid dressings
  • Provide criteria to determine the patient’s readiness for prosthetic fitting

AOTA Classification Codes

  • Domain of OT: Client Factors
  • OT Process: Intervention

Hanger Clinic is an AOTA approved provider of occupational therapy continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.0 CE Contact Hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA APP No: 8417.