[AMP-L] Newbie checking in
esther-L at mailsnare.net
Fri Oct 14 11:20:46 PDT 2005
If you end up going the amputation route, you may want to strongly
consider getting the Ertl amputation surgery from a surgeon experienced
in that technique. It is supposed to give you some weight bearing on the
distal end of the residual limb. This would be very helpful if you end
up being a bilateral below knee amputee.
Go into this very slowly. Could wound healing be a problem for you? Ask
questions about circulation in your limbs, sensations, and function. Do
you have any problems tolerating hot or cold weather? You may find that
you feel warmer and perspire more post-amputation.
There are good prosthetists out there. I've been a left below knee
amputee since 3rd grade. I can do most of the things that I want to do.
Being a bilateral amputee is more complicated, and my situation is much
simpler than yours. I am relatively young (under 50). For a bilateral
amputee, you may want to have some accessible features added to your
home (bathroom, doorways, whatever).
If you can get advice from a physical therapist about strengthening your
back muscles and abdominal muscles, that would be a good idea. If you
eventually become an amputee, there is more demand on those muscles (for
balance, walking, and standing). This may be contraindicated for your
health, but crawling on the carpet helps me to both stretch and
strengthen my back.
I would be dead if my leg had not been amputated. There was a long delay
before they did the surgery to restore blood flow to the parts near the
ankle that were injured in a traffic accident. I had gangrene after the
initial amputation, and they had to do revision surgery a bit higher up.
Infection would have killed me if they hadn't done the initial
amputation, and it would have killed me if they hadn't done the revision
surgery. My accident was in 1970 - things might be different now. I view
my residual limb as part of me that's been shaped to allow me to use a
device to walk and live my life.
Shirley Paul wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I look at amputation with a lot of fear, wondering how it would impact
> my life. I understand there are good prosthetics out there and that I
> might be able to walk after awhile.
> I'd love to know what your experiences have been, any red flags to
> watch for, any other tips.
> Many thanks for any help! I don;t know where to go with this but want
> to explore what it means and how it might help or hinder my life.
-- Esther L., esther-L at mailsnare.net or esther-L at alumni.virginia.edu
Speaking only for myself.
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