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September 1972

The Vascular Surgeon and Amputation

Arch Surg. 1972;105(3):401-402. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180090006001

The best results in rehabilitating the amputee are obtained when the amputation surgeon is an integral part of the amputee clinic team, the other members of which are the physiatrist, the physical therapist, and the prosthetist. Yet, although approximately 90% of the amputations done in this country are performed by vascular and general surgeons, these individuals rarely attend amputee clinic sessions or otherwise serve as active members of the team.

It is admittedly difficult for them to find the time, and surgeons often feel that of the many conflicting demands on their time, this one is the first that they can ignore, since the other members of the team will be there, and the patient will at least be seen. This must, however, be regarded as a dereliction of duty.

That many general and vascular surgeons have thus shirked their obligation to participate in the total rehabilitation of the patient