[AMP-L] Long-term Treatment for Amputees
CVellafl at aol.com
CVellafl at aol.com
Tue Aug 23 13:34:08 PDT 2005
I am a 56 year old male with a left below knee amputation from a blood clot
and peripheral artery disease.
After the hospital stay, he will see his vascular surgeon (hopefully, he
performed the amputation) until he feels it is sufficiently healed.
He should have a post amp cast to reduce and confine the swelling...this
would have been done in the OR.
While healing, I was evaluated and advised by a home health physical
therapist re: leg strengthening, wound care, bathing, wheel chair and walker prowess
and a general "look over" of the home layout to eliminate any dangers.
Luckily, I am in pretty good shape and the PT only came 4 times.
The most critical factor now is being POSITIVE. Yes, it is going to hurt
like hell and the phantom pains can be annoying and excruciating but this will
I was given every pain killer in the book but only one thing worked...my
determination. I was sick of sitting so I exercised every minute in my wheel
chair and lounger...weights for upper body strength and thousands of leg lifts
on both legs...my PT got me a vibrator to increase circulation in my good leg
and "desensitize" the stump. I lightly tapped the stump all over and
massaged it constantly to keep the nerves at bay.
When I was ready, I was referred to a CPO (certified prosthetic and
orthotic) specialist for my new leg and I couldn't wait.
I was stunned when my vascular surgeon and CPO were amazed by my
progress...they said many people give up and enjoy being waited on...WHAT??
Not me. My operation was February 12 and I had a date to walk my daughter
down the aisle June 11th and I did it!
They recently moved into a new home and I built a kitchen island, pantry and
new back yard deck.
I am self employed and considered applying for benefits but thought...I'm
not disabled...I still have two legs and my business is flourishing.
Don't know your situation but whatever it is, if you want to speed his
recovery, do not baby him...help him...support him but encourage him.
Best of luck, Carl
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