• Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital

Inpatient Rehabilitation for Limb Loss and Amputation in Indianapolis

Roughly 2 million Americans live with limb loss, while over 185,000 annually experience an amputation for a traumatic injury or a required surgical amputation stemming from decreased blood flow, infections, and severe skin ulcers such as diabetic foot ulcerations. The Amputee Coalition reports that according to hospital discharge data, the number of total amputations performed in Indiana was at a low in 2012 (2,857) and a high in 2014 (3,510). This represents a 21.62% increase, and in 2014, most amputations were performed on individuals aged 45-64 years old, closely followed by the age group of 65-84 year olds. Limb loss is stressful and devastating and affects every aspect of life, including relationships, career, life goals, and emotional well-being. It is common for amputees to experience grief, depression, and anxiety after a surgical amputation or traumatic event. 

Amputation Rehab Services tailored to you


Patients with above-the-knee amputations (AKA), below-the-knee amputations (BKA), or amputations of other limbs may experience significant benefits from our amputation inpatient rehabilitation services. Our team assesses mobility and strength, surrounding skin condition, and the psychological adjustment from body image changes.

Our inpatient rehab hospital team incorporates the components of physical and psychological therapies into the plan of care. Our goal is to facilitate optimum performance during daily life activities and to maximize the quality of life.

Our Physical Therapy team will work with you on strength, mobility, and balance techniques. Our team has access to advanced equipment to support you in accomplishing activities and provide prosthetic training in our state-of-the-art gym.

Our Occupational Therapists will help you with resources, training, and skill practice to take care of yourself and manage in your home or work by practicing in our home-like studio apartment that includes a full-size bathtub.




Would Care assessment and treatment


Our amputation rehab team assesses your skin condition and any wounds to promote healing. Skin damage can further limit mobility and cause increased pain. Additional complications and infections from an amputation or open wound are the most significant risks to rehabilitation progress and, if left untreated, can result in severe life-threatening complications. The amputation site or any open wound requires frequent assessment and treatment, including additional topical medications, cleaning, dressing, and other advanced skin preparations and techniques to avoid irreversible damage, which we meticulously care for at our inpatient rehab hospital.

Education and Support


Training and emotional support are part of our inpatient rehabilitation programs. Our team at Indianapolis Rehabilitation Hospital's amputation rehab services aims to provide training and education to the patient and family, whether for a complex wound or an actual limb loss. We offer resources for ongoing care for the site of the amputation. If the selection of a prosthetic is being considered, we are here to talk through the options and find additional resources for you to consider. Our amputation rehab team can review how to manage life with a prosthetic and other helpful devices to live life fully.

Focused on positive amputation outcome measures

Our goal is to facilitate optimum performance during daily life activities and maximize patient quality of life after leaving Indianapolis Rehab Hospital. We treat the individual and focus on your specific anticipated outcomes, tracking your needs, goals, objectives, interventions, and outcomes with consideration of age, the severity of impairments, and chronic health conditions. All of these factors impact your progress towards your goals of independence, and we discuss your unique situation with our team members daily, working together with you and your support system to achieve maximum results.


If you or a loved one is seeking more information on limb loss, amputation rehab, or a complex wound topic, contact Indianapolis Rehab Hospital today to learn how our treatment team can help - 463.333.9110 or info@indianapolis-rehab.com


Our team understands the impact emotionally of a limb loss and supports the patient during the inpatient stay. Although living with an amputation presents challenges, positive coping strategies can help amputees find a new path in life and overcome difficult emotions. Some support groups can also be beneficial, such as www.amputee-coalition.org and www.limbless-association.org

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