Should I contact Purple Prosthetic Center before my amputation surgery?

Yes. Our prosthetist will meet with you before your surgery to evaluate your mobility and lifestyle expectations post-surgery. In many cases he can work directly with your surgeon to determine specific surgery techniques that can enhance your ability to utilize a prosthesis.

What happens after the amputation?

A prosthesis is an artificial replacement for a missing limb or part of a limb. Although a prosthesis is never as natural as your own limb, it can help you to do many things quite effectively if you are willing to combine your energy and willpower into learning how to use it. The most important aspect of success is working with your prosthetist and therapist to address all of your concerns, and then to work with them on the processes of design, fitting and training, which are required to be a successful user

When can I be fitted for a prosthesis?

Once the sutures are removed following amputation surgery, you can be fitted with a “shrinker sock”. The shrinker is used to control swelling of the residual limb and/or shrink it in preparation for a prosthetic fitting.When the wound is healed and tissue swelling has decreased, usually 3-6 weeks after surgery, a prosthetic measurement and fitting will take place.

What can i do to prepare myself for a prosthesis?

There is a lot you can and must do to be able to use a prosthesis, beginning with these top priorities.

Work through the feelings and emotions you are experiencing and decide how to rebuild your life after amputation. Remember that everyone responds differently to the loss of a limb.
Exercise to build the muscles needed for balance and moving around.
Prepare and take care of your residual limb to attain a proper, sound shape.
Learn body positioning and strengthening to maintain muscle tone and prevent contractures.

What does the prosthesis look like? How will it stay on?

Depending on the level of your amputation, physical ability and functional needs, each prosthesis will be somewhat different. If you desire a “cosmetic look,” prosthetic supplements are available. But, for most standard prostheses, they are comprised of conventional component parts attached to a socket that fits over your residual limb

How does a prosthesis work? Will I be able to do all the things I did before I lost my limb?

The majority of people who lose a limb can get back to a normal mode of functioning within a few to several months, depending on the location of the amputation as well as physical ability. How well they function depends primarily on their goals along with timely, comfortable prosthetic fitting, good follow-up care, and a “can do” attitude from themselves as well as their medical team.

What if my prosthesis doesn't fit correctly?

Follow-up is as important as the initial fitting. You may need to make several visits for adjustments with the prosthetist as well as training with a therapist. They can help you ease pressure areas, adjust alignment, work out any problems, and regain the skills you need to adapt to life after limb loss. Tell your Prosthetist if the manufactured limb is uncomfortable, too loose or too tight. Ask questions about things you need or want to do. Communicate honestly about your needs. The more you communicate with your Prosthetist and therapist, the better you will be able to succeed with a prosthesis.

Is it learning to use a prosthesis difficult?

Learning to use a prosthesis is a tough job. It takes time, great effort, strength, patience and perseverance. You will do best to work with a physiotherapist while learning how to handle the new device. Much like learning how to operate a car, you will need guidance on how to:

• Take care of the prosthesis.

• Put on (don) and take off (doff) the prosthesis.

• Walk on different types of surfaces including stairs and uneven surfaces.

• Handle emergencies safely, including falling down and getting back up again.

• Perform daily activities at home, at work and even in the car.

• Investigate new things you may be uncertain of, including sports and recreational activities

Can I sleep in my prosthesis?

No. The prosthesis should be removed before going to bed.

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