The Healing Process: What to Expect from Life After Amputation

Life after amputation requires significant adjustments and personal care. You’ll need expert input on how to adapt to life with prosthetics. Use the following tips for what to expect and how to make the best adjustments for a healthy lifestyle:

  • Find a trusted prosthetist: Partner with a local prosthetics expert who can provide exceptional instructions and advice. Look for someone in your area who has an established reputation in the field.
  • Ask questions: Get clarification on anything and everything. Don’t be afraid to ask questions that may sound silly or trivial. If you are wondering about something, others probably have too. Your prosthetics specialist has probably heard it all before and will be happy to provide whatever information will help you adjust to life after amputation.
  • Don’t overdo it: Keep in mind that your body is healing and needs time to adapt, and requires plenty of rest. Don’t simply try to resume all regular activities. Follow your prosthetist’s advice regarding a wearing schedule and how to adapt to life with prosthetics. This will help you avoid any physical complications and enjoy greater success in life after amputation.
  • Use assistive devices: By using an assistive device, such as a cane, you can learn to balance your weight properly. You’ll gradually shift weight to the prosthesis and learn to use it well so you can avoid placing all the pressure on your other limbs.
  • Care for your prosthesis: Watch and listen for any changes in your prosthesis. If you notice any squeaking or clicking when you put it on or while you’re using it, contact your prosthetist. These noises may indicate changes or issues with your prosthetic, which can impede your progress or cause unnecessary challenges and complications.
  • Care for your residual limb: Watch for any blisters or redness. Report any pain or other issues to your prosthetist. Always keep your residual limb and your prosthesis clean and dry, to avoid infection or other issues. Use anti-bacterial soap and warm water to clean your prosthesis after each use, and always make sure it is completely dry before using it again.
  • Maintain appropriate heel height: If you are using a prosthetic leg, keep in mind that it is made for a specific heel height. If you desire to change your heel height, always consult with your prosthetist first, as this will affect the prosthetic’s functionality.
  • Retrain: You’ll need to retrain your body to perform day-to-day functions with your prosthesis. Partner with a prosthetist and an occupational therapist to learn how to complete this training. Be patient and take the necessary steps, and you’ll be able to learn new ways of doing things that will help you adjust to life after amputation.

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Since 1988, Prothotic Laboratories, Inc. has been helping people learn how to adapt to life with prosthetics. We specialize in pediatric prosthetics, and also offer adult products and services, including custom-designed prosthetics for upper and lower extremities. Give us a call today for more information. Our experts are here to help you adjust to life after amputation and learn to live a healthy, independent life.