The Amputee Program has been a long established program at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital. This program receives referrals from within the Texas Medical Center, the greater metropolitan area, Texas and the nation. It is recognized as a “center of excellence” in teaching, clinical care, and research.
The Amputee Program is a national center of excellence in its ability to offer comprehensive surgical, medical, and rehabilitation care to the patient with an amputation.
- Provide comprehensive evaluation, ongoing communication and periodic status reports
- Inpatient, outpatient and day hospital rehabilitation, as well as consistent follow-up services to maintain comprehensive quality care
- Design and foster research within the Amputee Program
- Offer educational opportunities for staff, students and consumers
Amputee Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann
TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Amputee Program prepares patients and their families to cope physically and psychologically with the traumatic or surgical loss of a limb or a congenital limb deficiency.
The rehabilitation process begins post-operatively with a pre-prosthetic program that focuses on preparing the limb for a possible prosthesis. The goals of this phase of rehabilitation are wound and pain management, proper positioning and prevention of contractures, building of strength and endurance, and learning the skills necessary to achieve maximum independence without a prosthesis.
If the patient and TIRR Memorial Hermann’s treatment team decide that prosthetic training is appropriate, the next phase of rehabilitation involves team collaboration with a prosthetist to determine the type of prosthesis, and an intensive program of training to ensure optimal fit and function. Once prosthetic training is completed, the patient is followed as an outpatient to assure continued comfort and functional independence with the prosthesis.
Danielle H. Melton, M.D.
Co-Director, Amputee Program at TIRR
Clinical Assistant Professor of PM&R, University of Texas
Danielle H. Melton, M.D., specializes in the care of persons with amputations, encompassing pre-prosthetic management, prosthetic design and prescription, and rehabilitation.
Prior to becoming a physician, Dr. Melton worked as a mechanical engineer, graduating from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the College of Mechanical Engineering in Baton Rouge in 1992.
Dr. Melton received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, in 2002, where she later completed specialized training in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) in 2006. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
A clinical assistant professor of PM&R at the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, she is a frequent guest lecturer and is involved in research in the area of amputation and prosthetics. She is an active member of the American Association of Orthotics and Prosthetics (AAOP) and the Amputee Coalition of America (ACA).
Dr. Melton’s amputee practice is based at both Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she evaluates and treats patients immediately after amputations, and at TIRR-Memorial Hermann’s Physician and Specialty Clinic.
Services Provided by Dr. Melton
- Rehabilitation of amputees
- Prosthetic prescription and management
- Gait analysis
- Electromyography/nerve conduction studies
- Care of musculoskeletal injuries and related disorders
To learn more about participating in TIRR Memorial Hermann’s Amputee Program and the research being done in this field, call (713) 797-5942 or Kristin Reeves, Coordinator for Outpatient Amputee Program 713-797-5239.