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Amputation and Polytrauma

Battlefield wounds which lead to amputation of a limb(s) require complex medical treatment; and patients require extensive medical care. War injuries of this magnitude may cause multiple physical injuries (polytrauma) where both physical and psychological symptoms are exhibited. Healthcare providers try to maximize the patient's independence, mobility, and quality of life. Treatment plans are therefore customized for each patient's rehabilitation and prosthetic needs.

Polytrauma care is given to veterans and returning service members with injuries to more than one physical region or organ system. These injuries may be life threatening, and may result in physical, cognitive, psychological, or psychosocial impairments and functional disability. Examples of polytrauma include:

  • Amputation(s)
  • Laceration Injury
  • Blast Injury
  • Mechanical Injury
  • Blunt Trauma
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Burns
  • Penetrating Trauma
  • Crush Injury
  • Head Injury
  • Fractures
  • Speech Injury
  • Embedded Fragments
  • Stretch Injury
  • Hearing Loss
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • High-Velocity Trauma
  • Unhealed body wounds
  • Infections
  • Visual Impairment
  • Psychological Impairments
  • Amputation

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    Blast-Related Injuries

    Blast Injury


    Embedded Fragments

    Hearing Impairment

    • Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) (The DoD HCE's mission is to heighten readiness and continuously improve the health and quality of life of service members and veterans through advocacy and leadership in the development of initiatives focused on the prevention, diagnosis, mitigation, treatment, rehabilitation and research of hearing loss and auditory-vestibular injury.)

    Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

    Polytrauma Care

    Visual Impairment

    • Vision Center of Excellence (VCE) (The VCE) is the leading advocate for research and treatment for improved vision care and restorative innovations for service members.)
    • VA Blind Rehabilitation Services (BRS) (The BRS supports blind and low vision Veterans and active duty Servicemembers in regaining their independence and quality of life to enable their successful integration into family and community life.)

    Joint Trauma System

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