Lower limb amputation in Northern Netherlands: Unchanged incidence from 1991-1992 to 2003-2004

Lauren V. Fortington*, Gerardus M. Rommers, Klaas Postema, Jaap J. van Netten, Jan H. B. Geertzen, Pieter U. Dijkstra

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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Background: Investigating population changes gives insight into effectiveness and need for prevention and rehabilitation services. Incidence rates of amputation are highly varied, making it difficult to meaningfully compare rates between studies and regions or to compare changes over time.

Study Design: Historical cohort study of transtibial amputation, knee disarticulation, and transfemoral amputations resulting from vascular disease or infection, with/without diabetes, in 2003-2004, in the three Northern provinces of the Netherlands.

Objectives: To report the incidence of first transtibial amputation, knee disarticulation, or transfemoral amputation in 2003-2004 and the characteristics of this population, and to compare these outcomes to an earlier reported cohort from 1991 to 1992.

Methods: Population-based incidence rates were calculated per 100,000 person-years and compared across the two cohorts.

Results: Incidence of amputation was 8.8 (all age groups) and 23.6 (>= 45 years) per 100,000 person-years. This was unchanged from the earlier study of 1991-1992. The relative risk of amputation was 12 times greater for people with diabetes than for people without diabetes.

Conclusions: Investigation is needed into reasons for the unchanged incidence with respect to the provision of services from a range of disciplines, including vascular surgery, diabetes care, and multidisciplinary foot clinics.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)305-310
Aantal pagina's6
TijdschriftProsthetics and Orthotics International
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - aug-2013

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