To address the problem, we ask questions like, "well, what activities are you doing; what types of things are you doing in your life that are causing this; what's it limiting you from doing; what are your real goals?"
When I was in high school, I had a teacher, and he thought that I should go into prosthetics— I was 16 years old, so I thought, "this guy's kind of crazy,"—but he inspired me enough that I ended up going to school for biomedical engineering.
The way that prosthetics blends an artistic background and science together—and then you get to interface with people and do all of those things—it's a natural connection for me, and it's been a great and rewarding career.
We assess prosthetic care so much deeper than "well, there's a spot in the prosthesis that's causing pain." To address the problem, we ask questions like, "well, what activities are you doing; what types of things are you doing in your life that are causing this; what's it limiting you from doing; what are your real goals?"
My main advice for someone who has just lost a limb or maybe is using a prosthesis and feels like they're not getting the care that they should, or that there's something that's holding them back, is to realize that there is a choice.
You have a choice—you get to decide who provides the care for your prosthesis, where you get your prosthesis. Talk to people in the community, like your doctor. Talk to other people who are using a prosthesis—other amputees.
While sweating may always be an issue, following these tips can significantly improve comfort. Be vigilant about hygiene, ventilation, and moisture-wicking choices. Work closely with your prosthetist to optimize fit and suspension. Staying dry reduces irritation and allows you to focus on function.
Recovering from amputation surgery is a long journey, unfolding one day at a time. While regaining amputation mobility may take months of healing, prosthetic rehabilitation, and practice, many people thrive after limb loss.
The fear of falling is pervasive after losing a limb. However, amputees can conquer this fear through gait training, balance aids, targeted exercise, and patient perseverance. Regaining confidence and stability takes commitment, but it is worth the effort to reclaim mobility independence. With the right support and training, amputees can walk steadily again and transform their lives after amputation.