How should I use physical therapy to recover from amputation surgery?

Very important. Post operative rehab is very important after amputation. I will speak to lower extremity amputation. This includes management of the surgical incision to make sure it heals, management of post op swelling which is common. Learning how to transfer with crutches or walker, beginning strengthening exercises for the legs and getting ready for eventual use of a prosthetic. A physiatrist is invaluable.
Go to PT. Only be knowing the specifics of your problem can you be helped. I would go to a physical therapist with special training in amputations. I bet your prosthetist could recommend a good one.

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How long is physical therapy for an amputated leg?

Variable. A lot depends on the person's status before surgery. Infection, wound healing problems, swelling, pain, poor nutritional status, and general deconditioning all impact recovery. Read more...

How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

1-4 months. It depends on the level of amputation and the reason for it. Below the knee amputations rehab quicker than above the knee amputations. Younger people rehab quicker than older patients. A lot of the physical therapy is geared toward strengthening the muscles and gait training. Read more...
Depends. This depends on many factors including overall health, reason and type of amputation, and walking ability prior to the amputation among others. I would say that most people require between 2-3 months but again there is great variability between people. Read more...

How long will I have physical therapy after amputation? How long will physical therapy last after a leg amputation? .

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How soon after amputation does physical therapy begin? When can I expect to begin physical therapy after my foot amputation? .

When scar heals. Usually once the bandages are removed and t he scar is healed. Read more...
Immediately . Physical therapy and occupational therapy after a major amputation should start immediately to learn how to move around the house and do activities of daily living without using the affected leg. Once the wound is healed and the person is allowed to bear weight physical therapy changes the focus towards walking. This may be delayed by the need to have a custom fit device for walking. Read more...