Online Course
Lower Limb Amputee Assessment and Post-op Management
The first phase of rehabilitation following a lower limb amputation

5-5.5 hours





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Ideally rehabilitation will begin prior to amputation surgery. As a minimum, it should start immediately following surgery. This course will help you to understand both the pre- and post-amputation assessment as well as the initial management of this patient. It will also cover other crucial considerations during this period, such as avoiding and treating complications, post-amputation pain, and the related emotional and psychological reactions. Finally the risks and consequences of falling are reviewed with strategies to reduce this risk.


The aim of this course is to ensure a comprehensive knowledge of the pre-and post-amputation assessment and management of the patient in the acute phase


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Pre- and Post-op Assessment
  2. Post-op Management
  3. Emotional and Psychological Reactions to Amputation
  4. Complications
  5. Fall Prevention

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 5-5.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 4.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of pre-and post operative assessment
  • Identify at least 7 aspects of the physical pre/post operative assessment
  • Compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of the 4 post amputation dressing types
  • Discuss the use of at least 3 types of assistive equipment following amputation surgery
  • Justify how the major 5 complications after amputation surgery can be prevented and managed
  • Plan a comprehensive fall prevention education program for patients with limb loss both in the in- and out-patient setting


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
It was a great, all-encompassing course for managing the acute amputation patient. It increases proactive management of phantom limb pain, falls, and psychological coping with limb loss. I will be taking these suggestions back to my daily work on an acute care floor to improve patient outcomes throughout their rehab journeys.
Leeann Duncan
It is a fantastic course, especially for a developing country like Uganda, where orthopaedic intervention still lacks information.
Orthopaedic Technologist
It is a great online course! So educative! I am a better PT with my new approach to treating patients with amputation because of this course. Thank you so much!
Andrew Mulwa
I am a prosthetist. I thank Physioplus for this exciting course! I learned how I could make a well-fitting and functional prosthesis by working together as a team starting at the pre-amputation assessment!
The course discusses the difficulties we face with amputees and how we can avoid these difficulties by communicating with patients before and after amputations and giving them the proper advice and exercises. كانت الدورة مهمة كثيرا لمعرفة الصعوبات اللتي تواجهنا مع مرضى البتر وكيف يمكننا أن نتفادى هذه الصعوبات من خلال التواصل مع المرضى ماقبل وبعد البتر وإعطاء النصائح والتمارين الصحيحة
Abdulkader Fayad Alsheikh
It is a very interesting course! It allows me to review my clinical practice in amputee management. I used to stay in my corner doing my intervention and refer when necessary. Today I understood the importance of working together with other professionals and sharing the outcome to maximize the functional independence of the patient.
jean eric bizimungu
I thoroughly loved this course. I will certainly lookout for more presentations from Physioplus in the future.
Raymond Nicholas
Trinidad And Tobago
I can't wait to see the outcomes of the application of what I have learnt from this module!
Noel Mandi
This was one of the best online course I have ever done, it improved my critical thinking and my skills in dealing with amputees.
Faith Ndinda