“It’s a loss. Grieving is natural, but as I learned more about the process and met other people living with amputation, I was able to start finding my new normal.”

Healing

Following surgery, the main focus is to ensure that the limb heals well. Healing time varies from person to person and typically takes several weeks. It’s possible that the healing time could take longer, such as when an infection occurs.  

Swelling

Post-surgical swelling (edema) is common.  Shrinker socks can help reduce swelling and begin shaping the affected limb prior to the prosthetic fitting.

Protection

In order to protect the affected limb, a limb protector may be prescribed by the physician. A limb protector is a brace that covers the end of the affected limb and helps prevent knee contracture (when the range of motion in the knee becomes limited).  The limb protector can be worn over a surgical dressing or shrinker sock.  

Meeting a Bio-Tech Prosthetist

Meeting with a prosthetist early on in the rehabilitation process can help reduce anxiety. Whether it’s during a pre-amputation consultation or a post-operative visit in the hospital, the prosthetist can explain the rehabilitation process, answer questions, and provide resources. 

Peer Visitation

Bio-Tech offers amputee peer visitation, where people new to amputation can meet others who have completed the prosthetic rehabilitation process.  Peer visits can be requested by phone or email.  One-on-one visits may occur in a hospital or at one of our clinic locations.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy after amputation will focus on balance, mobility, and range of motion.  Bio-Tech prosthetists work closely with area physical therapists in understanding patient functional goals and optimizing activity potential. 

Why 3D Printed?

Why 3D Printed?

Posted on: 7/13/2020

Our unique 3D printed AFOs, SMOs, and FOs are comfortable, light weight, and provide targeted control.

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Post-Op Healing

Post-Op Healing

Posted on: 7/9/2020

This video goes over common post-op milestones after lower limb amputation, including healing timeframes.

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Happy Pup Walks

Happy Pup Walks

Posted on: 6/24/2020

This chocolate lab needed bracing after surgery. Now he’s ready for his walk! Bracing can give pets back their lives.

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School’s Out

School’s Out

Posted on: 4/29/2020

In these interviews, Staci Dorr, PT, CO discusses the importance of kids wearing their devices while at home during school breaks.

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Prosthetic TLC

Prosthetic TLC

Posted on: 4/20/2020

Jennifer shows how she cleans her prosthetic socket and foot shell, making sure it stays in tip top shape.

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Your Socket Fit

Your Socket Fit

Posted on: 4/15/2020

A prosthesis that is not fitting well can cause skin breakdown, instability, and a lack of confidence.

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