Amputee Support Group

Meets at Madonna in the Lancaster Room on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Contact Amber Herrington at 402-413-3884 or

Amputee Coalition Certified Peer Visitor Training

The Amputee Coalition is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to “reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention”. Madonna has partnered with the Amputee Coalition to provide increased peer support. Madonna will use the materials and guidelines developed by the Coalition for the peer visitor training, and will require all amputee peer visitors to complete the training within the next year.

Peer visitors are volunteers who have adjusted well to limb loss and lead full lives. They have lived with limb loss for at least one year and believe that peer support is a vital part of the recovery process. If you are interested in being a peer visitor please complete the application and return it to Amber Herrington no later than April 1st (A limited number of applications will be accepted, but there will be future training sessions if needed).



Transfemoral Amputation: A type of amputation that occurs above the knee, also called "Above Knee Amputation"

Transtibial Amputation: A type of amputation that occurs below the knee, also called "Below Knee Amputation"

Residual Limb: The remaining portion of the limb after amputation, also called "stump."

Phantom Pain: A painful sensation experienced below the residual limb often associated with traumatic amputations.

Phantom Sensation: A nonpainful sensation that an amputated limb is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts.

Residual Limb Pain: Pain arising in the residual limb from a specific anatomical structure than can be identified.

Pylon: A pipe-like structure used to connect the prosthetic socket to the foot/ankle components.

Definitive Prosthesis: The permanent prosthesis that is designed to last several years. This is usually provided after a period with a temporary or preparatory prosthesis.

Socket: The portion of the prosthesis that is in contact with the residual limb.

Prosthetic Sock: A sock made to fit the shape of the residual limb worn inside the socket of a prosthesis. The sock reduces the friction between the residual limb and the socket and replaces lost volume in the socket due to shrinking of the residual limb.


  • The American Amputee Foundation, Inc. (AAF) was established in 1975 as a national information clearinghouse and referral center serving amputees, their families, and care providers. The foundation researches and gathers information on amputation including studies, product information, available services, self-help publications, and hundreds of articles concerning amputation and related conditions.

  • The National Amputation Foundation was founded in 1919 by veterans with amputation. More recently, it has expanded its services to include civilians with amputation. The organization provides peer support,information and manages an equipment loan closet.

  • The Amputee Coalition of America (ACA) is a national, non-profit amputee consumer educational organization representing people who have experienced amputation or are born with limb differences. The ACA includes individual amputees, amputee education and support groups for amputees, professionals, family members and friends of amputees, amputation or limb loss related agencies, and organizations.

  • AIM is a non-profit organization in California that provides a list of resources and information.

  • A website that provides a large array of information about orthotic and prosthetic products and other equipment available for persons with limb loss.

Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital
5401 South St.
Lincoln, NE 68506
Phone: (402) 413-3000
Toll-Free: (800) 676-5448