Prosthetic-device use is described in two groups with combat-associated unilateral upper-limb loss. Of those in the Vietnam conflict group, who have more experience with prosthetic devices, 70 percent are still using upper-limb prostheses, even 38 years since their amputation. In the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom conflict group, 77 percent are using upper-limb prostheses; however, they use three times as many upper-limb prosthetic devices as the Vietnam group and they use more technologically advanced devices. Reasons why prosthetic devices have been abandoned are explored, and recommendations to improve the care of all veterans and servicemembers with upper-limb loss are presented.
Volume 47 Number 4, 2010
Pages 299 — 316
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