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AMPUTATION OVERVIEW

  • Reasons for Amputations
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Types of Amputations
  • Pre/Post Operation
  • Amputation-Related Pain
  • Your Rehabilitation…

With the combination of modern surgical procedures, technological
advances in prosthetics, and physical and emotional therapies, almost anyone
who desires to have their life back after the loss of a limb can. In most cases,
the goal of continuing with a full and happy life is obtainable. If you just lost a
limb you are probably still in shock, maybe thinking you'll never be able to
lead a normal life again. If you are still facing amputation you are probably
very scared, questioning if your life will ever be the same. Either way you may
begin to feel alone, like no one understands what you are going through. It is
okay to be apprehensive and afraid about your situation. You can be comforted
knowing that help is available, and hopefully his resource will become of great
value to you and your family as you begin down the road of recovery.


YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Although exact statistics about limb loss are difficult to determine, there is considerable evidence that:

  • There are 4 million amputees in the United States
  • 3,000 amputations are performed each week in the United States
  • Each year more than 250,000 persons become amputees
  • 90% are leg amputations

There are many amputees out there. You are a member of a large, yet closed knit circle. The important thing to remember is that thousands of people who are also members of your new society lead happy, productive lives, and you can too!

The Importance of Peer Support

Gathering exact measurements that show the value of peer support is difficult, but
for those who have had a peer available to them can contest that the benefits are virtually immeasurable. New amputees immediately want to know how they’re lives are going change. They start asking, “Will I be able to work again? “How will I get dressed? “Will I be able to play with my kids? “How do I bathe myself? Or, “Will I be able to drive again?” Who better to answer these types of questions than someone who understands your fears and concerns?

Peer support can bring a feeling of peacefulness and understanding to an otherwise challenging and lonely experience. Peer support can demonstrate many things including:

  • that others experience similar feelings of loss and grief
  • issues to expect and how to manage them
  • available prostheses
  • returning to work, school, and daily activities
  • how other’s family members and friends have handled a loved one’s amputation
  • fitness and recreational opportunities available in your area

See What's Inside.

AMPUTATION OVERVIEW
  • Reasons for Amputations
  • You Are Not Alone
  • Types of Amputations
  • Pre/Post Operation
  • Amputation-Related Pain
  • Your Rehabilitation
UNDERSTANDING PROSTHETICS
  • Upper Extremities
  • Lower Extremities
  • Socks and Liners
  • Finding the Right Prosthetist
  • How to Avoid Skin Problems
EMOTIONAL ISSUES
  • Grieving the Loss
  • Relationships, Intimacy, and Perceptions
GAINING INDEPENDENCE
  • Driving/Transportation
  • Fitness & Recreation
  • Local Organizations
  • List of National Organizations




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