After amputation, the recovery process includes not only healing, but weighing all the various options for prosthetics available today.
Recovering from surgery usually takes a few weeks, but once the surgical scar from the amputation has healed well, it’s time to begin the process of rehabilitation. Michigan residents are fortunate to have available the professional and caring staff at Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics at more than 20 locations in the state to offer expert guidance and support through the process of selecting a prosthesis.
There are some factors we encourage those who have had amputation to consider when thinking about acquiring a prosthesis:
Your lifestyle: Prosthetics are created not just to fit your residual limb well, but according to your level of activity. If you are only moderately active, for example, your prosthetic requirements are very different from someone who is very athletic and constantly in motion. Discussing your needs with our team will help us offer solutions that keep you moving, dancing, painting, or running. Whatever your unique goals are, we will help you realize your ability with quality prostheses while we overview the latest in prosthetic technology.
Your emotional health: Undergoing amputation is a huge life change, regardless whether you had time to prepare for the surgery or if it was the result of a sudden diagnosis of cancer or amputation following a traumatic incident. Emotional support is important after amputation, even though different factors may influence your recovery.
Adjusting to wearing a prosthetic: Comfort is important when you begin using a prosthesis. If your amputation was for a lower limb, learning to stand and walk with a prosthetic leg will put more stress on the residual limb as you learn to support your weight and achieve balance. Children typically adjust quite quickly, but our professional team has also seen adults and countless seniors thrive with prosthetic limbs. Your prosthetist will prescribe a wearing schedule to get you used to standing, walking, and using your prosthesis, and adjusting it if you have an unusual discomfort level.
A good fit: Your prosthetist should work with you to ensure a good fit, with ongoing consultations as you adapt to life after amputation. Even after the initial fitting, you will need to watch for signs of irritation or swelling of your residual limb that indicate it’s time to see your prosthetist for an adjustment. Your artificial limb should also be comfortable to wear and use so that you can live as big as these inspiring amputees.
A good maintenance plan: You need to know how to best care for your residual limb and your new prosthetic one. When you live in a chilly winter climate like those of us in Traverse City, Cadillac, Petoskey, or Marquette, the winter months might make your skin dry. This can cause irritation when wearing a prosthetic limb. Salt on the ice might help stop slipping, but it can have a negative impact on the joints of artificial limbs — the same way sand might if you winter in Hawaii! Your prosthetist should work with you to help you learn how to care for your skin and your artificial limb in all seasons.
Affordability: We understand that many people worry about paying for a prosthetic limb. We accept a wide variety of health insurance plans and have the flexibility to work out an extended payment plan, which lets us help our clients get the prosthetics they need.
Teter Orthotics & Prosthetics has been offering expert prosthetic services in Michigan since 1955. You can visit us in more than 20 locations including Traverse City, Petoskey, and Grand Rapids.