It is very important for a new amputee to get moving as soon as possible after an amputation. Trans-tibial amputees (leg amputations below the knee) are fitted with an Aircast Air-Limb for the first six weeks after the operation. The Air-Limb can be fitted in the operating theatre immediately after surgery and stays in place until the first dressing change, which can be up to 24 hours. It is removed at regular intervals so that the wound can be inspected and dressings changed. After 24 to 48 hours the Air-Limb can be removed at night for comfort.
The Air-Limb can also be fitted at a later date after surgery, in which case a gradual wearing schedule is recommended. Start off with just three hours on the first day and increase the time by between one and two hours every day, depending on the patient’s comfort zone. The Knee-stabilizer can be removed in both cases to enable the patient’s knee to flex.
This temporary prosthesis consists of a universally sized adjustable outer shell lined with a number of inflatable air cells, which enable the Air-Limb to accommodate a wide range of sizes throughout the process of rehabilitation. These help with the circulation and control any swelling, encouraging healing.
The Air-Limb is centred and adjusted with its buckles and air cells, ensuring a balanced position above the pylon. When the patient is lying down or seated, the limb should be extended at the knee or elevated with a pillow placed beneath the prosthetic foot or distal socket.
After six weeks of using the Air-Limb, we start fitting you with your first prosthesis proper. It will be snug and comfortable for six to twelve months. After this time you will notice that the stump has shrunk, and so the socked part of your prosthesis will have to be replaced with a new snug fitting one.
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