Resources for Amputees
According to the Amputee Coalition, every year there are approximately 185,000 amputations performed in the U.S., which equates to a total of 2 million people currently living with an amputated limb in the U.S. Undergoing an amputation is undoubtedly life-changing. Whether there is a sudden, traumatic accident that results in having a limb such as an arm or leg cut off or injured in an irreversible way, or an amputation is done as a surgical procedure after careful consideration and testing by a physician, recovery and coping can be difficult.
Rest & Recovery
After the procedure is complete, the healing process begins. If possible, you’ll be able to start physical therapy soon after your surgery to learn how to transition comfortably into life after surgery. Your physician will monitor any conditions that indicate your healing could be slowed, such as hardening of arteries or diabetes. There is also the possibility of phantom pain or other emotional concerns - your physician can recommend therapy or medication if necessary.
Depending on your rate of healing and the particular situation, it may be possible to begin practicing with an artificial limb as early as 10-15 days after surgery - though it’s common to require more time to adjust to new prostheses. Once you are comfortable with your artificial limb, you can start moving! Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and avoiding cigarettes are a good way to stay healthy following a life-changing surgery such as an amputation. Studies have also shown that amputees who are more active in everyday life feel better about themselves and are typically happier.
An amputation can be both physically and emotionally challenging for anyone. It is important to understand that many new amputees function very well and pursue the same active lifestyle as prior to limb loss. Below, we cover some of the resources where amputees and family members of amputees can seek out support and other information online.
The Amputee Coalition strives to reach out and empower those affected by limb loss in order to help them achieve their full potential through support, education, and advocacy, as well as promote limb loss prevention.
Kenney Orthopedics - Catalog for patients
This booklet aims to provide you with answers to many of the questions that arise before and after an amputation.
Many ways to learn about continuing life as an amputee from fellow community members.
Providing support to amputees and the limb-loss community.
A global resource for orthotic and prosthetic information.
Amputees Amplified – Amputee Resources for Canadian Amputees
Amputees Amplified was originally published in 2003 to provide support and resources for new amputees and their families.
Recovery is an ongoing process, and varies from person to person. There are several phases on the road to recovery, and each can hold difficult challenges and require different coping strategies. Many people feel that talking with friends and family (or a counselor) can help ease emotional distress.
About Kenney Orthopedics…
Working closely with patients and caregivers in Kentucky and Indiana, the Kenney Orthopedics Team employs the latest biomechanical management, materials, and technology to restore function and permit normal motion after your amputation.
The highly qualified staff of Kenney Orthopedics will select, design, and fabricate the appropriate prostheses, prosthetic limb or device, or orthosis to fit your specific lifestyle and needs after your amputation. Visit us in Louisville or Lexington, Kentucky, or at one of our other locations in Kentucky (KY) or Indiana (IN). We can help you get moving again with a prosthesis designed for you after your amputation!