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Easing the Financial Burden on Upper Limb Amputees: Grants to Support Academics and Quality of Life in North America

  • Eric Bao
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    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA
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  • Dillan F Villavisanis
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    Corresponding author: Mr. Dillan F Villavisanis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States
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    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA
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  • Author Footnotes
    # Senior author: Peter J. Taub, MD, MS, System Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 5 East 98th Street, New York, NY 10029
    Peter J Taub
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    # Senior author: Peter J. Taub, MD, MS, System Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 5 East 98th Street, New York, NY 10029
    Affiliations
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New York, USA
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  • Author Footnotes
    # Senior author: Peter J. Taub, MD, MS, System Chief, Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 5 East 98th Street, New York, NY 10029
Published:November 22, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bjps.2022.11.047
      Upper limb amputees (ULA's) face several physical and emotional challenges including impairments in physical functioning, alterations in body image and lifestyle, and physical and neuropathic pain.
      • Desmond D.
      Coping, affective distress and psychosocial adjustment among people with traumatic upper limb amputations.
      One condition includes phantom limb pain, a debilitating infliction that occurs in 50% to 80% of amputees, for which there is no first line treatment
      • Richardson C.
      • Kulkarni J.
      A review of the management of phantom limb pain: challenges and solutions.
      . Along with physical challenges, ULA's face financial problems that total $500,000 over their lifetime
      • MacKenzie E.J.
      • Jones A.S.
      • Bosse M.J.
      • et al.
      Health-care costs associated with amputation or reconstruction of a limb-threatening injury.
      . This does not include loss of job or time off from work – 1/5 of ULA's do not return to work, and those that do typically miss 6 months prior to their return
      • Craig M.
      • Hill W.
      • Englehart K.
      • et al.
      Return to work after occupational injury and upper limb amputation.
      . Given the multifactorial sequala that arise from having an upper extremity amputation, in addition to the importance of inclusion and diversity of our disabled population, we feel it is meaningful to dedicate more resources targeted towards ULA's.
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