After the amputation

Life after amputation - Feridun's experience

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.

An amputee sensitises his residual limb using a small brush.

Residual limb healing

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.


A man with a leg amputation is lying on his back in the hospital bed.

Phantom pain

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.


The therapist performs initial mobilisation exercises with the amputee at the hospital bed.

Initial mobilisation

You prepare for rehabilitation with special exercises after the leg amputation and with balance training. It is important for you to stay mobile. We have put together some basic information for you here.


The therapist performs a balance exercise at the parallel bars with a prosthesis wearer.

Rehabilitation facilities

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.


The technician helps the amputee put on his prosthesis.

Prosthetic fitting

When, how and from whom do I get a prosthesis? What is an interim and definitive prosthesis, and what components is a prosthesis made of? Find answers to all your questions about the leg prosthesis here.


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