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Pain and pain-related interference in adults with lower-limb amputation: Comparison of knee-disarticulation, transtibial, and transfemoral surgical sites

James Behr, MD, et al.

More than 100,000 lower-limb amputations are performed each year in the United States. Most of these amputations are either transtibial or transfemoral, with knee-disarticulation surgeries being relatively uncommon. Pain is well known to be a significant cause of disease and secondary disability in both the general and amputee populations. Therefore, when one is evaluating the outcomes of various levels of amputations, assessment of both pain and pain-related interference is particularly important. Our study systematically compared people with knee-disarticulation amputations to people with transtibial and transfemoral amputations in terms of pain, pain-related interference, and prosthesis use.

Volume 46 Number 7, 2009
Pages 963  — 972

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