How Long After Amputation Can I Walk (And Why)?

Exact Answer: After about 1-3 months

Amputation is basically known as the removal of any affected limb from your body. It can be any affected body part also. The cause of amputation can be various. When a body part or limb is amputated from the body it becomes a trauma for life. It affects physical as well as mental.

Nowadays you can cope up with your impairment with the help of a prosthesis as it helps you to walk and do your daily basis activities again for the rest of your life. But being emotionally stable in this situation matters the most. Being mentally and physically stable is more important.

How Long After Amputation Can I Walk?

Condition of patientTime
Normal1 month
In cases of emergency3 months

After amputation, there are various ways you can walk. It can be with the help of assistive devices like canes, crutches, tricycles, walkers. In canes, four-legged canes are more preferable than single-legged canes as it gives more stability to the patient with amputation. In crutches, axillary crutches are more prescribed than non-axillary because axillary crutches can transfer more weight through them than non-axillary crutches.

In walkers, except for Rollator maximum variety of crutches can be given to the patient. A rollator is mostly used for children who are willing to initiate their walk but can’t because of so orthopedic disorder or congenital anomaly. Other walkers can help the patient to get stable during the stance phase and can give balance in the swing phase of the gait pattern. But if the person wants to walk on his/her own without any dependence then he can surely go for a prosthesis.

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Science is developed that way that you can now fabricate body-powered as well as myoelectric prosthesis. In body-powered, the remaining muscle power will be used to ambulate with the prosthesis and in myoelectric there are sensors attached with the prosthesis so that it can drive power from muscles and create a motor control mechanism. In body-powered prostheses, there is more energy consumption whereas in myoelectric it is less comparably. One can get proper training with the prosthesis on at a rehabilitation center and can walk on his /her own. It takes about 1 month for fabrication as well as proper training to walk without any support and any gait deviation.

Why Should I Wait So Long To Walk After Amputation?

The exact answer for this question is various causes. There can be more than one cause of amputation. It can be a road traffic accident, severe diabetes, any congenital anomaly, some orthopedic disorder, cancer, infection from any surgery, or any wound. For various causes, recovery time is also variable. And other factors also affect the time of recovery as post-amputation problems. Post amputation problems such as phantom limb pain refer to the sensation of pain and irritation in the amputated limb although it is absent. It’s a psychological condition.

Edema refers to the swellings having liquid in them. Postoperative scars, infection, sinus leakage, uneven stump length, other physical and mental problems. Before giving any prosthesis the patient has to go through some physical examination as well as mental counseling so that he or she can adapt to the prosthesis without any problem. There is a procedure before giving a prosthesis or any type of assistive device to the patient.

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The procedure includes a pre-prescription examination where the PMRD doctors and prosthetists examine the patient thoroughly. Proper prescription is written according to the examination done before. Pre-fitment treatment refers to the treatment of any post-operative problems of stump like edema, volume fluctuations, scars, muscle strengthening, neuromas, etc.

Prosthetic fitment refers to this part includes the activation of the prosthesis. P/O training refers to proper training for standing balance and gait patterns without any pathological deviation. Follow-up refers to every 3 months patient has to come and show the progress that will be checked by the clinical prosthetist. Vocational training is also given to get back to normal life and performing daily basis household activities as well as a job to feed himself.

Conclusion

Having an amputation surgery is not less than mental trauma. But you can walk again and perform your daily life activities as well as do a convenient job for living with wearing a prosthesis and getting proper vocational training and mental counseling. Building your self-esteem is much more important than anything. Sometimes people refuse to have a prosthesis and get adapted to the environment with that lost limb.

This request moral support and proper education to know the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a prosthesis. Various types of prostheses are given for various jobs based on the evaluation of the patient by the prosthetist. So get educated and walk on your own within two months without the help of anyone and any dependence also.

Reference

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0002961089901839
  2. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/13/5/513.short
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