It is quite normal for people to feel depressed immediately after having a limb amputated. Exceptions to this would be patients who have had to deal with intense pain before surgery. More often than not this depression is quickly replaced by a determination to get back to a near-to-normal life.
After your surgery, your wound will be dressed with either a rigid or a soft dressing. A rigid dressing is made from Plaster of Paris while a soft dressing is made up of cotton bandages. Soft dressings are used in conjunction with elastic bandages to help circulation and to prevent swelling. These bandages are re-applied at regular intervals throughout the day.
As part of your healing process, you will be given a series of exercises to perform. These are very important as they are designed to prevent any tightening of the muscles in the stump. This is very important because muscles that have tightened prevent effective use of the prosthetic limb. It is extremely important that you carry out these exercises regularly, and diligently, in order to get the best benefit out of your prosthesis.
There are a number of positions that you should avoid as they are likely to to cause muscle tightening or contractures. Do not:
Allow the stump to hang over the side of your bed
Sit in a wheelchair with your stump flexed or bent
Place a pillow under your knee or hip
Place a pillow under your back causing the spine to bend
Lie in bed with your knees bent
Place a pillow between your thighs
Sit with your knees crossed
In order to get the best use of your prosthesis you should avoid these positions.
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