Amputation System of Care (ASoC) - Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Services
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Amputation System of Care (ASoC)

The Amputation System of Care (ASoC) provides specialized expertise in amputation rehabilitation incorporating the latest practices in medical rehabilitation management, rehabilitation therapies, and advances in prosthetic technology. It is a system of care designed to provide Veterans access to the full continuum of care.

Vision: To be a world leader in providing life-long amputation care.

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Amputation Specialty Clinic Team

Your Amputation Specialty Clinic Team is an interdisciplinary team who will assess your clinical needs and create a treatment plan for amputation-related care such as prescribing appropriate prosthetic devices, evaluating the fit and function of all prosthetic devices and conducting annual follow-up ensure continuity and lifelong management based on clinical care needs. Your core team would likely consist of the prescribing clinician, a therapist with experience in limb loss rehabilitation and a prosthetist, the individual specializing in limb fabrication.

The prescribing clinician is responsible for:
  • Completing the prosthetic prescription,
  • Assuring medical appropriateness and readiness for prosthetic use,
  • Addressing amputation-specific medical conditions, and
  • Referring the Veteran for additional services such as nutrition and food services, whole health coaching, mental health services, adaptive sports and recreation, driver rehabilitation and so much more.
The therapist is responsible for:
  • Providing recommendations for prosthesis use and rehabilitation needs,
  • Providing instruction of a home exercise program,
  • Assessing and issuing equipment, and
  • Providing functional skills training with the prosthesis.
The prosthetist is responsible for:
  • Providing clinical expertise in prosthetic components and function, and
  • Performing adjustments and alignment changes to prostheses.

Peer Support Program

The VA Amputation System of Care collaborates with the Amputee Coalition in training Veterans living w/ limb loss to become Certified Peer Visitors as these individuals understand the challenges of the recovery process. Support can also be in the form of a support group. A support group offers an opportunity for the individuals involved to share feelings and experiences and often support groups include educational opportunities by organizing topics of interest helpful to the group. To learn about amputation & prosthetic care, request support for people living with limb loss and locate a support group near you visit the Amputee Coalition Website.

Virtual Amputation Clinic 

Amputation Care services using a virtual platform provides the Veteran living with limb loss access to specialty clinical services without having to travel to the VA Medical Center. The Veteran is able to connect to their provider from various locations such as their home, a VA clinic site closer to their home, or in a community location, such as the office of a community prosthetic partner. Virtual care also connects amputation rehabilitation specialists at larger VA sites to provide specialty care to Veterans at smaller facilities where specialized amputation care services do not exist.

The benefits of virtual care for Amputation Specialty clinic extend beyond convenience to the Veteran. Some other benefits include:

  • Facilitating access to care for those Veterans with mobility impairments,
  • Avoiding challenges of transportation for those with mobility impairments on the caregiver/family,
  • Minimizing the cost of travel,
  • Minimizing time away from work for those Veterans still working, and
  • Providing the ability to meet changing needs (i.e. global pandemic).
If you would like to learn more about telehealth and virtual care in the VA system go to Telehealth VA.

 


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