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Issue: September / October 2021


Study Finds Gaps in Amputee Prosthetic Care

According to a new study to be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery (JVS), only 42 percent of new lower-limb amputees are referred to a prosthetist by their surgical care team or primary care physician. That’s a shockingly low number, given that prosthesis use correlates strongly with post-amputation health. In...


Darryl Johnson’s Encore Performance

Darryl Johnson has lived most of his life on stage and performed with R&B legends such as The Drifters. But before this summer’s Carolina Blues Festival, he was a nervous wreck: It was his first performance as a new amputee. By the time he’d returned to his home near Detroit, doubt had given way to...


Amputee Books: Frida Kahlo and My Left Leg

By Emily Rapp Black “As an amputee since the age of four,” the author writes, “I have always wondered what it would be like to have memories of two flesh and blood legs.” On the surface, Frida Kahlo seems an unusual choice to supply those missing memories: Polio foreshortened Kahlo’s right leg in childhood, and...


Osseintegration: Green Light for Vascular Amputees?

Since receiving preliminary FDA approval last December, osseointegration (OI) has become an increasingly viable option for US amputees. Unfortunately, amputees with diabetes or peripheral vascular disease (PVD)—who make up an enormous chunk of the amputee population—have generally been considered unsuitable candidates for OI. “Poorly controlled diabetes puts you at an elevated risk of infection,” says...


Bionics for Everyone: Prosthetics and Purchasing Power

When you’re looking for an electrician or plumber who won’t rip you off, you can read the customer reviews at Angie’s List. If you want to know what other travelers think about a restaurant or hotel, there’s TripAdvisor. Before you click “purchase” on a new laptop or phone, maybe you check the ratings at CNET or Consumer Reports. But...


Ariel Rigney Chases Higher Purposes

“There are a lot of things I can’t change,” says Ariel Rigney. “There’s nothing I can do on a personal level to make any significant impact on climate change, for example. So it’s really easy to feel powerless.” But powerlessness is learned—and it can be unlearned. That became clear to Rigney when she lost her...