Outcomes of Below-the-Knee Amputations for Chronic Lower Extremity Pain


The study evaluated the physical,mental, and functional outcomes following below-the-knee amputation (BKA) for management of chronic, debilitating lower extremity pain. The hypothesis was that patients who undergo a BKA to alleviate chronic pain achieve a greater level of function, experience decreased pain, and benefit from improved health-related quality of life. Patients who received a BKA attended an orthopaedic clinic and completed questionnaires examining their overall health, functional status, mental health, and pain. Thirty-seven patients were identified as eligible for study participation; 15 agreed to participate. Although most participants continued to experience pain in their residual limb after BKA,
they reported their pain decreased to a manageable level. Participants experienced a statistically significant improvement in their perceived physical health. The authors believe a BKA for chronic pain is a reasonable treatment option for patients who continue to experience lower extremity pain after failed medical and surgical management of chronic pain. (Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 26(4):200–205, 2017) Key words: Below-the-knee amputation, chronic pain, lower extremity, outcomes, trauma

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Shannon Alejandro, MD; Robert D. Teasdall, MD; Martha Holden, AA, AAS; Beth Paterson Smith, PhD; Gregory B. Russell, PhD; and Aaron Scoff, MD