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Amputation – Patient Summary (2017)

A lot of things impact your recovery after amputation, such as your level of amputation, physical condition, diet, family support, emotional well-being, and personal motivation. A rehabilitation program that takes care of your physical needs and emotional well-being can help you have an independent life. Many patients are able to use a prosthesis, also called an artificial limb, but your care team can also help you become more independent in daily life without a prosthesis.

Goals of Rehabilitation

  •  Manage painful conditions including residual limb and phantom limb pain
  • Prevent injuries that sometimes occur in remaining limbs
  • Improve and maintain physical health
  • Become independent and safe in walking and self-care activities
  • Participate in the community, return to work and free-time activities
  • Maintain your emotional well-being
  • Improve your quality of life
  • Foster a healthy body image and high self-esteem
  • Find satisfaction with your independence, your prosthesis, and your care team