This article describes prosthetic-device use by veterans and servicemembers with combat-associated unilateral lower-limb loss from the Vietnam war and Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF) conflicts. In the Vietnam group, which has more experience with prosthetic devices, 84% are still using lower-limb prostheses, even 38 years after their amputations. In the OIF/OEF group, 94% are using lower-limb prostheses; they are using more devices and more technologically advanced devices than the Vietnam group. Reasons for prosthetic-device abandonment are explored, and recommendations are given for improving the care of all veterans and servicemembers with lower-limb loss.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 317 — 332
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