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Comparison of satisfaction with current prosthetic care in veterans and servicemembers from Vietnam and OIF/OEF conflicts with major traumatic limb loss

Gary M. Berke, MS, CP, FAAOP, et al.

Veterans and servicemembers from Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts with major traumatic limb loss were surveyed about their satisfaction with current prosthetic devices and prosthetic services. Reports of pain, sweating, skin irritation, and problems with socket fit continue to be significant issues for survey participants. In those with upper-limb loss using myoelectric prostheses, minimal impact was found on prosthetic use and prosthesis satisfaction. Among lower-limb loss participants from both conflicts, notable differences exist in prosthetic satisfaction when comparing source of care.

Prosthetic technology, surgical changes, and changes in rehabilitation procedures appear to have had little effect on the overall prosthetic satisfaction across those with unilateral upper-limb and multiple-limb loss in the Vietnam and OIF/OEF conflicts. Areas of significant concern continue to be socket fit, pain, skin problems, sweating, and nuisances. There are also important differences in the overall satisfaction between sources of prosthetic care, but these differences are more profound when compared across conflict than between sources within the same conflict group. Differences in prosthetic satisfaction between sources of care suggest a need for continued practitioner education and system evaluation.

Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
   Pages 361 — 372

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