After the amputation
After an amputation, you are sure to ask the question: What happens next? Directly after the operation, your recovery and the healing of the residual limb are initially the main concerns. Both are important so that you can begin with rehabilitation soon and a prosthesis can be fitted. To start rehabilitation:
- You should have very little to no pain in the residual limb
- Your residual limb should be capable of bearing weight
- The swelling with fluid retention should have abated and stabilised
- You should be able to move your residual limb as well as possible in all directions
How quickly you come this far depends on your personal situation. However, you can promote healing by actively taking part. While this often demands patience and a lot of endurance, it pays off: The more mobile you are when you start rehabilitation, the sooner you can be fitted with a prosthesis.
You should also use the time after the amputation in the hospital to choose a suitable clinic for your rehabilitation phase in cooperation with your O&P professional. Our list of experts helps you find facilities that have specialised in working with amputees.
Compression and oedema therapy, residual limb and scar care, and desensitising the skin: Residual limb healing is of special importance directly after the amputation so you can be fitted with a prosthesis as quickly as possible.
Various types of pain may occur in your residual limb after an amputation. Phantom pain is one of these. Learn about causes and treatment options.
After your hospital stay, you are prepared for everyday life with a prosthesis in a specialised rehabilitation clinic. Here you will learn how to find an appropriate facility for you.