Recovering after an Amputation

Following your amputation you will meet with various health professionals, such as occupational therapists and physiotherapists who will help you plan for your discharge and long term rehabilitation needs.

Your Physiotherapist will go through exercises that you will need to continue at home to ensure that you do not get blood clots and to improve the flow of blood while you are recovering, also the exercises will help strengthen the new muscles you will be using when wearing prostheses.

Occupational therapists will visit you at home to see if there are any aids or appliances that will make things more accessible, such as a shower chair, wheelchair ramp or stairlift. If any modification are required to your home then a referral will be made to social services. Social Services will also assess if there are any additional support that is required such as meals on wheels, home carers etc.. and will talk to you about using the direct payments scheme.

It can take several months before you are ready to be fitted for a prosthetic limb, so it is likely that you will be provided with a wheelchair (if you are a lower limb amputee), to get around in.

You should also be provided with the details of your local amputee support group, such as AIM. Support from other amputee user groups can be invaluable, please ask you prosthetic provider for any support or user groups they may be connected with.