Amputation and what happens next?

4 Apr, 2019

An amputation is defined as the removal of part of the limb from the body due to injury, disease, decreased blood flow, cancer, deformity, or infection to a joint. Due to this traumatic event an individual’s lifestyle can change drastically.

Surgery is needed to remove the limb to help the individual continue functioning in their everyday life. There are different surgery methods, but the goal is to provide a stump that a prosthetic can be applied to for mobility purposes.

The most common amputations of the lower limbs can occur at the:

  • Hip
  • Knee Joint
  • Above the knee
  • Below the knee
  • Ankle
  • Foot

Post amputation in the hospital, the individual will have help from the medical staff to manage pain and other symptoms that may occur post-surgery and to begin the process of rehabilitation. Before the rehabilitation process commences an individual will be given a compression garment and instructions to begin moulding of the stump to prepare it for a prosthetic. Once discharged from the hospital the main goals will be to return to the lifestyle that the individual was living before the amputation.

This is where our services can be of assistance. During this time, it is important for the individual to have assistance in preventing complications such as contractures, pressure sores, and increased pain. with regaining the ability to stand, get in and out of bed, and weight bearing. Everyone needs a certain level of independence to maintain the quality of life. At Generation Physiotherapy and Allied Health:

Our Physiotherapist can provide help with:

  • Gait Retraining
  • Education on skin care, scar massaging, support groups, etc.
  • Information on stump care, leg checks, and moisturising of stump.
  • Tools to help decrease oedema and promote healing.
  • Exercises to help increase balance, coordination, muscular strength, muscular endurance.
  • Educating family and carers on manual handling if needed

Our Occupational Therapist can provide help with:

  • Equipment set-up in home to help you return to living the lifestyle you are accustomed to.
  • Wheelchair prescription if necessary

Our Exercise Physiologist can help with:

  • Establishing a personalised exercise program to help you keep your independent lifestyle
  • Help prevent the onset of other diseases such as cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders
  • Education on proper weight management and improving health.

Written by our Community Physiotherapist William Brown. Need a mobile health professional to assist you on your journey to wellness? Please call 1300 122 884 and get booked in.


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