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<div class="ExternalClass66561094D1A64DEF89DB5AF6AC8C87BE"><p></p><p>We are an Outpatient Amputee Program at GF Strong Rehab Centre provided by Vancouver Coastal Health.<br></p><ul><li><p><a href="https://vch.eduhealth.ca/PDFs/FB/FB.132.G1.pdf" target="_blank" title="Download the G.F. Strong Outpatient Amputee Program brochure (pdf)"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />G.F. Strong Outpatient Amputee Program brochure</a></p></li><li><p><a href="https://vch.eduhealth.ca/PDFs/FB/FB.132.Am75.pdf" target="_blank" title="Download the Amputee Education and Support group brochure (pdf)"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Amputee Education and Support Group brochure</a></p></li></ul><p>Amputee rehabilitation is the process of helping individuals with limb loss adjust to their amputation and begin their recovery to achieve their full physical, psychological and social potential. It involves learning how to care for your skin and prosthesis, as well as relearning basic self-care and mobility. Goals such as return to work, school, leisure, home and community activities will also be explored.</p><h2>What to expect</h2><p>The earliest your rehab will start is about 10 days after discharge from hospital following your amputation. The majority of people attend 2-3 times per week, for between 1–2 hours per session. This frequency may decrease over time as you do more at home and in your community. </p><p>A number of factors can influence the length of rehab, such as your skin healing, your ability to learn new ways of doing things, your goals, your level of fitness and your emotional adjustment to your amputation. There is also a lengthy prosthetic fitting process prior to receiving your final permanent prosthesis.</p><p>Learning to walk again, as normally as possible, takes a lot longer than most people think it should. It takes your residual limb some time to tolerate the pressures of your body weight. A previously healthy person having a below knee amputation may be walking without gait aids following a below knee amputation in approximately 3 months and following an above knee amputation in approximately 5–7 months.<br></p><h2>Your rehab team </h2><p>Your rehab team may include a physiatrist (rehab doctor), physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker, depending on your needs. The team will also work closely with your prosthetist. Access to services such as dietary, psychology, recreation therapy, sexual health, driver rehab and vocational rehab are available as required.<br></p></div>4255 Laurel Streetamputee@vch.ca<div class="ExternalClassE28B608D7C8F4C2D9D509E8DF7AAF8F1">Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. <br></div>(778) 870-0326V5Z 2G9BC<div class="ExternalClassA59E5264965749D9BD4078868B63A98A"><p>There are a few designated disabled parking stalls in the main entrance to the building as well as a small visitor parking lot. Paid parking is available at Children's Hospital on 28th Avenue. Report to the receptionist on your arrival. <br></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1376" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Download parking rates for VCH facilities</a><br></p></div>49.2476573,-123.1254472<div class="ExternalClass07BBC159BF134B42AF81F57730B83474"><p>Amputee Program referrals can only be initiated by health professionals. It may be a physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation and prosthetics) in the hospital, or another specialist or family doctor. Talk with your doctor first who can then refer you to us.</p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-804" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" />GF Strong outpatient referral form</a><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass6C7D642D9FB54DD191ED0D4367DD2AA1"><h2>Associations / Organizations </h2><ul><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/" target="_blank">Amputee Coalition of America</a> </p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.pando.ca/" target="_blank">CAPO (Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists) </a></p></li></ul><h2>Programs </h2><ul><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.bcit.ca/study/programs/7100diplt#PROGRAM" target="_blank">BCIT Diploma in Prosthetics and Orthotics</a> - Two year clinical diploma program </p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.georgebrown.ca/Marketing/FTCal/hsci/S102.aspx" target="_blank">George Brown College Prosthetic / Orthotic Technician Program</a> - Two year diploma program </p></li><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.georgebrown.ca/Marketing/FTCal/hsci/S407.aspx" target="_blank">George Brown Clinical Methods in Prosthetic & Orthotics</a>  - Post degree/diploma program </p></li></ul><h2>Publications </h2><ul><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion_about.html" target="_blank">in Motion</a> - a publication of the Amputee Coalition of America (<a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/2005_inmotion_index.html" target="_blank">2005</a>, <a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/2004_inmotion_index.html" target="_blank">2004</a>, <a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/2003_inmotion_index.html" target="_blank">2003</a>, <a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/2002_inmotion_index.html" target="_blank">2002</a>)<br></p></li></ul><h2>Stories </h2><ul><li class="li_pdf"><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/Jackaman_BKA.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Elective Amputation</a> - Dale Jackaman </p></li><li><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/Swanson.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Elective Amputation</a> - Garry Swanson </p></li><li><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/zane_gray.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Handcycling</a> - Zane Gray </p></li><li><p><a href="http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/may_jun_06/motorcycle.html" target="_blank">How to Ride a Motorcycle With Parts Missing (on you, not the bike)</a> - Jeffrey J. Cain inMotion 16(3) <br> </p></li><li class="li_pdf"><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/Active_Duty.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Return-to-Work, Police Officer</a> - Laurie White </p></li></ul><h2>Travel</h2><ul><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.tsa.gov/travelers/airtravel/specialneeds/index.shtm" target="_blank">Persons with Disabilities & Medical Conditions</a> - Transportation Security Administration (US Government) </p></li><li><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/TravelTips.pdf" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icpdf.png" alt="" />Travel Tips</a> (pdf), <a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/docs/TravelTips.doc" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icdoc.png" alt="" />Travel Tips</a> (Word doc)<br></p></li></ul><h2>Websites </h2><ul><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://www.warren-macdonald.com/" target="_blank">Warren Macdonald </a> </p></li><li class="li_web"><p><a href="http://hphdhelp.org/" target="_blank">HPHDhelp.org</a> - Hemi Pelvectomy, Hip-Disarticulation <br></p></li></ul><h2>More resources</h2><ul><li><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/recreation.htm">Recreational Opportunities</a> </p></li><li><p><a href="http://amputees.vch.ca/professionals.htm">Professional Resources</a> <br></p></li></ul><p><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE79B9B6748144859B62DB11CC5193A69"><div><p>We see a variety of people with amputations:</p><ul><li><p>New amputees<br></p></li><li><p>Mature amputees who desire functional upgrading <br></p></li><li><p>Elective or voluntary amputees, people considering amputation for longstanding chronic pain and dysfunction (previous injuries)</p></li><li><p>Amputees with the C-leg.<br></p></li><li><p>Out of town admissions are considered on a case by case basis when this service is not available in your home community.<br></p></li></ul></div></div>Located on the main floor.GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre

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