Severe injuries caused by an accident often require an operation quickly. In such cases, consultations with doctors understandably take place only after the amputation.
In cases involving pre-planned amputation, detailed consultation with doctors, practising transfers, strengthening other muscles, accessing psychological support and talking to other amputees can all be of great benefit.
The complications of amputation can include phantom limb pain, stump pain in the form of allodynia, stump jactitation/spasms, neuroma formation, bone spur formation, wound dehiscence, infection, bone tenderness and risk of re-operations.
What happens next?
There are lots of things to think about to include the need for correct positioning, time for wound healing and residual limb compression and exercise and mobility training.
How we can help?
We can bring our expertise of amputation cases to bear in many of our cases. With access to leading rehabilitation providers, we can help you or your family member access a comprehensive approach to rehabilitation, focusing on the physical, psychological and practical challenges that amputees face.
Rehabilitation teams can include prosthetic and orthotic services complemented by OT’s, physiotherapists, counsellors, occupational therapists mentors and masseurs.
Consideration will need to be given to stump and scar care, exercise, fitness, a return to work and crucially, the right sort of prosthetic solutions in an area of rapidly advancing technological advancement. We’ll find the right fit for you.