Some Indiana car crashes result in a victim losing a limb. The impact of the crash can crush or limit the function of a limb. This injury results in a life-altering surgery with reverberating impacts.
The UK National Health Systems states amputation can happen in emergency situations and under careful assessment. Doctors perform amputation using general anesthesia with the majority of the surgeries involving only a loss of section rather than the entire limb. A person can expect to spend some time recovering in the hospital post-surgery.
The operation may cause pain due to the severed nerves in the limb. Physical therapy, exercises and compression garments can help reduce swelling, improve blood supply and aid in blood clot prevention. Most patients can expect to spend time in a rehabilitation program learning to increase mobility and aid in recovery.
Moss Rehab offers tips for living as an amputee and having a prosthesis. They recommend having a survival kit with you when leaving the house including having an ace wrap, extra one-ply socks, Spenco, Allen key and lotion. Amputees should expect things to go wrong and plan accordingly.
Daily checking the skin following amputation is important. If you have a prosthesis, keep an eye on the skin inside the prosthesis. The skin can breakdown during normal activities and more physical activities such as dancing, hiking and sports. Keep an eye out for odd noises, cracks and loose parts on the prosthesis.
A prosthesis helps amputees enjoy some of the things they used to pre-surgery. Joining a support group may be helpful in moving forward