We compared changes in health status, prosthetic-device use, and long-term prognosis in two groups of veterans and servicemembers with combat-associated multiple limb loss from Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF), using results from a national survey during 2007 and 2008. More of the OIF/OEF group performed high-impact aerobic activities and used more diverse types of prosthetic devices than the Vietnam group. The long-term prognosis for these OIF/OEF servicemembers based on the 39-year experience of the Vietnam veterans is for an active, fulfilling life. The healthcare team should pay attention to proper prostheses fit and maintenance of good health and function.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 333 — 348
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