The world of prosthetics is typically a foreign one to new amputees. For most people who underwent an amputation, they have hundreds of questions swirling through their mind about these devices that will quickly become an integral part of their life. If you are a recent amputee and are looking into prosthetics to regain functionality, here are some common questions we receive at Tierney Orthotics and Prosthetics and their answers.
What are the benefits of prosthetics?
Put simply, a prosthetic device can help you achieve your goals following amputation. Ask yourself what are your goals, what do you want to achieve with your prosthesis, what activities do you want to do?
How does a prosthesis work?
While every device is different depending on the level of amputation, your prosthesis will be custom-made to fit you and your situation. Prosthetics are designed to be an extension of the body that usually fits over a residual limb.
How quickly can you get a prosthesis?
The timing between amputation and fitting for your new prosthesis depends on your healing following the operation. Some patients receive a temporary prosthesis within two to three weeks following surgery, and they begin the fitting process for a permanent device within two to six months post-operatively.
How fast can you return to a normal level of functioning?
With a properly-fitted prosthesis, you may be able to return to a normal level of functioning within just a few months. However, your new normal depends on the type of amputation and your overall health and wellbeing.