If you have been waiting for a prosthetic limb, you are probably excited for placement. A prosthetic limb can be a life-changing experience, providing you with full range of motion. After some time, your doctor may advise you so that it is time to consider a prosthetic. Once your doctor has removed staples or sutures and declared that you are ready for a prosthetic, you can begin these steps.
1. Stay strong and limber.
Your doctor should have advised you on how to stay strong and stretched out. Continue exercising your muscles so that you maintain your full range of motion over time. It is important to maintain as much strength as possible.
2. Desensitize your residual limb to touch.
If your skin around the limb feels sensitive, practice rubbing and tapping it regularly. You can start gently and increase pressure with time. Otherwise, you may find that your first fitting for the prosthesis is difficult. A shrinker sock will also help to keep the area compressed.
3. Wash your residual limb.
If you want to prevent infection and other skin issues, washing once each day with mild soap is important. A gentle scrub must be followed by a drying process that will prevent moisture from sticking around and leading to infection.
4. Seek medical attention as necessary.
Be aware of the potential signs that something is wrong with your residual limb. For instance, you might notice separation of the skin around the scar or notice a terrible smell coming from the healing wound. Look for other signs of infection, like a scar that is warm to the touch or that has become swollen and puffy. Pus and discharge may also be signs that something is wrong as can be a high fever.
5. Express discomfort when necessary.
If something does not feel right, make sure that you express this to your doctor or those close to you. This applies to more than physical pain too. The stress of getting a prosthetic and losing any limb can be intense. It is important to keep up with your emotional and mental well-being in the meantime. Therapy may be able to help you cope with the changes life throws at you.
Do you still have questions about preparing for a prosthetic limb? Your doctor will have more answers for you. Not sure if you are ready for a prosthesis? Getting in touch with an expert will help you find the right option for your condition.Share
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