By The Surgical Clinic
Vascular Surgeons at The Surgical Clinic and The Surgical Clinic’s Prosthetics Institute have taken a lead role in understanding how surgery and prosthetics must work collaboratively to give patients the best opportunities to be fitted with prosthetics that work well, are not painful and can return people to active lifestyles. While amputation is always a last resort, there are times where a successful amputation lets patients have a better quality of life than living with pain or disabilities of limbs that cannot be repaired. The innovative model at The Surgical Center, engages the patient, biomedical engineering, the prosthetics manufacturing industry and the fields of occupational therapy with the expertise of specialized prosthetics therapists to gear each step of the process toward the recovery of the patient.
The Vascular Surgeons are working with Vanderbilt’s Biomedical Engineering School to examine the routing of veins, where incision lines are made and other aspects of the surgery can promote better fittings with prosthetics in the recovery stages. Vanderbilt has worked to develop prosthetics that will work better for patients through this close collaboration and partnership with the surgeons.
It is everyone’s hope that limbs can be saved, but there are times when the pain associated with a severely limited, deformed or damaged limb can be far more devastating than getting on with life with a prosthetic. The Vein Team and the Occupational Therapists of The Surgical Clinic’s Prosthetics Institute work closely with patients to plan a surgical technique that will help a patient recover as quickly as possible with the entire team’s goal to giving patient’s the supportive care that allows them to return to their everyday lives.
This team approach has led to a unique model of care for patients facing the complex decisions of amputation and the recovery that follows. Patients of The Surgical Clinic and The Surgical Clinic’s Prosthetics Institute have shared their stories in videos that appear on The Surgical Clinic’s website OR you can subscribe to the YouTube Channel to stay up on these very special patients and their care team.