You are not alone. You have a team behind you that has made it their goal, to make you successful. Your doctor, physical therapist and prosthetist are going to work to get you back to the highest functioning level possible. The advancement in prosthetics over the last 20 years has been amazing. A great deal of work has been done on comfort, function and appearance. Various types of liners have reduced the incidence of skin issues and made it possible to increase wearing time and more strenuous activities.
Preparation for Your New Prosthesis
Preparation for your new prosthesis begins immediately. Following surgery we will start the process of preparing the residual limb for the prosthesis. We need to reduce the swelling before we can make your new leg. To help this process you will be fit with a shrinker sock. The shrinker sock helps reduce edema and protect the incision. The sock needs to be worn 24 hours per day. Also, it is important to keep the limb clean. Unless your physician has directed otherwise wash everyday with soap and water.
Your New Prosthesis
Your new prosthesis will be designed specifically for you. Your physical therapist has been making assessments aimed at determining your functioning level. Based on this and other factors we will design your new leg. The goal is to create a leg that that meets your needs. We will start by making an impression of the residual limb. From this model we can fabricate a socket and check the fit.
The Fitting of Your Prosthesis
The fitting of your prosthesis is a process, not an event. The initial settings on your leg will take into consideration that you are a new amputee. As you learn to walk and progress, we will reevaluate your needs at that time. At all times your safety is our primary consideration. There will be multiple visits to our office and adjustments made to accommodate you as you advance. At first we may recommend a shoe that is not your favorite.