Most people do not know what to expect or what to do before or after having an amputation. Global Brace and Arthur Finnieston Prosthetics & Orthotics have complied the following information to help with pre-prosthetic care and fitting the first prosthesis.
- If possible, meet with your doctor and the prosthetic team before the amputation to discuss the best choice for a prosthesis based on your type of amputation. We can prepare for the creation of your prosthesis and fit you as soon as possible.
-At Arthur Finnieston Prosthetics and Orthotics, post op management begins with wrapping the limb with elastic bandages. This is superior over the “shrinker” elastic sock method.
-Your limb should be re-wrapped 6-8 times a day to help reduce edema and atrophy dormant muscles significantly faster than a shrinker. Proper residual limb wrapping has also been indicated to reduce phantom sensation.
-Massage, tap, and pat the limb to help desensitize it. This can help reduce the chance of discomfort when wearing a new prosthesis.
-Talk to your physician about exercising and stretching the limb muscles. This can prevent contractures or “shortening of a muscle” that can be caused by inactivity. A limb with a contracture becomes very difficult to fit a prosthesis. A contracture can only be reduced with intense and sometimes painful stretching exercises. Therefore it is important to begin exercising as soon as possible after surgery. A medical professional should be consulted regarding an exercise program.
Your First Prosthesis
Unlike many clinics, we believe in starting the patient off with the best prosthetic components possible. If limb shrinkage occurs over the first year, we will simply revise the socket as needed. Our experience has shown us that using the “true” prosthesis from the beginning has a very positive effect on patient’s physical rehabilitation and their confidence. Global Brace works with Arthur Finneston to provide the most advanced prosthetic products on the market.
Remember prosthetic care is not a one-time service, but a rehabilitation program, it is important that we have a good relationship with you. We want to ensure you are as comfortable as possible in your new prosthetic, so we are there for you every step of the way. Contact Global Brace & Limb today to learn more.