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  • Above knee amputation

ICD-9 Code

  • V49.76 Above knee amputation status

ICD-10 Code

  • Z89.619 Acquired absence of unspecified leg above knee

Preferred Practice Pattern

  • 4J: Impaired motor function, muscle performance, range of motion (ROM), gait, locomotion, and balance associated with amputation

Key Features


  • Result of ultimate loss of tissue perfusion from the surrounding circulation at any level proximal to the femoral condyles

Essentials of Diagnosis

  • Diagnosis is postsurgical, made by a surgeon.1

  • A transfemoral amputation is an amputation of the lower limb between the knee and the hip.

  • A transfemoral amputation is made between the femur at the level of the greater trochanter and proximal to the level of the femoral condyles.

  • Efforts are made to preserve the attachment of the adductor magnus at the medial distal third of the femur to maintain the normal biomechanical alignment of the femur.

  • An amputation at the level proximal to the greater trochanter of the femur is called a hip disarticulation.

  • The amputation of the entire lower extremity and half of the ipsilateral pelvis is called a hemipelvectomy.

General Considerations

  • Loss of a limb above the knee results in widespread impairments in the body structure and function as well as significant activity limitations and participation restrictions that will ultimately affect the individual's participation in family and home life as well as reintegration into the society.1,2,3

  • Emotional support and education must infiltrate postoperative rehabilitation beginning on postoperative day 1 to assist the individual with repossessing life roles.

  • The total recovery period is consistently 12 to 18 months and includes activity recovery, reintegration, prosthetic training, and prosthetic management.

  • The acute hospital stay ranges from 5 to 14 days and the postacute hospital stay could range from 2 to 8 weeks. This period includes surgery recovery, wound healing, early rehabilitation, and determination of prosthetic readiness.

  • The immediate recovery stage begins with the healing of the wound and could extend up to 6 months.

    • - This stage ends with stabilization of limb volume after accommodating to prosthetic use with ambulation.

  • The last stage of recovery is very variable. During this time, limb volumes continue to stabilize but are no longer rapidly changing.

    • - Prosthetic adjustments can be made as the limb continues to stabilize.

    • - When the prosthesis is worn full time for a period of at least 6 months and when the limb volume has stabilized to a point that socket fit remains relatively consistent for at least 2 to 3 weeks, a definitive prosthesis may be indicated.

    • - Higher-level functional training and social reintegration mark the end of this stage.

  • Promotion of independence can start as early as postoperative day 1 with quadriceps and gluteus ...

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