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What issues should an amputee consider shortly after amputation?

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Dr. George Valdez
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Look forward

Its easy to focus on what was lost, so its important to focus on how to make the most of what one has and try to do more today than they did yesterday.

In brief: Look forward

Its easy to focus on what was lost, so its important to focus on how to make the most of what one has and try to do more today than they did yesterday.
Dr. George Valdez
Dr. George Valdez
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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine

In brief: Falls risk

Soon after a leg amputation people still feel like the leg is present.
At night they might forget the leg is gone and fall trying to get out of bed. Other very important factors for all amputees is taking care of the skin around the surgery site and controlling swelling. The use of shrinker socks can reduce swelling and allow the person to be fit with a prosthesis earlier.

In brief: Falls risk

Soon after a leg amputation people still feel like the leg is present.
At night they might forget the leg is gone and fall trying to get out of bed. Other very important factors for all amputees is taking care of the skin around the surgery site and controlling swelling. The use of shrinker socks can reduce swelling and allow the person to be fit with a prosthesis earlier.
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez
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David Miller
Family Medicine

In brief: Phantom pains

Phantom pains are a common problem after a recent amputation.
The cause is poorly understood but may be related to continued stimulation of nerves in the stump that no longer connect to the amputated structures. Although distressing, there are some good therapies that seem to help. A good support group would also likely be really helpful for this.

In brief: Phantom pains

Phantom pains are a common problem after a recent amputation.
The cause is poorly understood but may be related to continued stimulation of nerves in the stump that no longer connect to the amputated structures. Although distressing, there are some good therapies that seem to help. A good support group would also likely be really helpful for this.
David Miller
David Miller
Answer assisted by David Miller, Medical Student
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