Prosthetics are not suitable for everyone, for example if you have a heart condition or any other underlying serious health issue, as it takes a lot of energy to use a prosthetic due to the loss of bone and muscle in the amputated Limb. Your physiotherapist will teach you exercises that will help strengthen the muscles in the remainder of your limb in preparation for the prosthetic.

If you are suitable for a prosthetic limb then before the limb is fitted the skin around your stump will undergo desensitisation to make the prosthetic more comfortable to wear.

Skin desensitisation involves tapping of the skin with a face cloth, compression bandages to reduce the swelling and prevent build-up of the fluid around the stump, and rubbing and pulling the skin around the bone to prevent excessive scarring.

Depending on what area you live in, you may have to wait a while before you get your first appointment with a prosthetist. AIM can help guide you in the right direction and help put you in touch with prosthetic centres.

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