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Do I Need a Handicap Van?

02/20/2008

Question:

I will be having my left leg removed from above the knee in a few months. My question is if there is anywhere someone can go to get help with getting a handicap van for people who cannot afford one on their own?

Answer:

If your right leg is intact and you are otherwise mobile, you typically wouldn't need a van following an above-knee amputation. Since your left leg is to be amputated, there wouldn't be a need for any vehicle modifications (as would often be necessary following a right leg amputation).

Once you undergo amputation surgery, be sure to discuss this with your physician, and possibly also, a social worker at the hospital.

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University