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