Assessment of Phantom Limb Pain in Lower Limb Amputees using Targeted Muscle Reinnervation Surgery compared with Standard Amputation Surgery
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Master of Science in Orthotics and Prosthetics
Targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) procedures differ from today's standard amputation procedure of which the nerves are retracted into the residual limb causing neuromas and phantom limb pain hindering the patient’s recovery. The importance of decreasing PLP is beneficial to the patient, healthcare system, and O&P field. The problem is the lack of research to make TMR a standard practice during major limb amputations. Is PLP mitigated in major lower extremity amputees whose surgical intervention included TMR compared to those who received standard amputation? The significance of this research could standardize TMR during amputation of a major limb thus decreasing hospitalizations, opioid dependency for PLP management, PLP that hinders prosthetic intervention.