To obtain optimal care, a prosthesis system which is tailored to individual requirements is just as important as early mobilisation after amputation.
Amputation in vascular disorders
Amputation is frequently the last step in vascular disorders, when inflammation and gangrene are spreading, tissues have died off and it is no longer possible to preserve the arm or leg, for instance, with all available means. Amputation may also become necessary after an accident, due to a malignant tumour, due to chronic bone marrow inflammation or congenital deformities. Even during the operation, doctors try to shape the stump as functionally as possible for optimal prosthesis care.
Early mobilisation after amputation
When a wound has healed completely after amputation, differentiated sensory perception in the stump is supported while the skin of the stump is toughened. This is followed by consistent mobilisation of neighbouring joints and intensive training of the remaining stump musculature.
A prosthesis should be provided as soon as possible for maximum everyday mobility. The prosthetist produces the prosthesis system precisely to match the patient’s individual needs and wishes in terms of safety, appearance and activity level. After the fitting, the prosthesis is worn for increasing time periods so that the skin and the tissues gradually become accustomed to the pressure. Here, the patient’s active participation is especially important. Consultations with a doctor or psychologist can help with the mental process of coping with the amputation.