If you have suffered from limb loss, then we think it is important to understand that you are not alone! Although everyone has different experiences and specific situations that led to amputation, there is an amazing community that will be there to help you along the way.
BioTech Limb and Brace has put together some helpful tips for those dealing with limb loss to help you adjust. Check them out below.
The Feeling You Get Immediately After Surgery WILL Pass
One of the most important things to remember is that every amputee goes through the common stages of dealing with their situation. Many report waking up after the operation with a variety of feelings. Rest assured that the feelings of uncertainty, fear, and being overwhelmed will pass.
Turn “What If” Into Optimistic Thinking
Thanks to modern technology, living life as someone dealing with the loss of a limb has an absolutely amazing outlook. It is important that you try to combat negative and “what if” thinking with optimistic, positive outlooks. There are hundreds – no thousands – of incredible stories of amputees that are accomplishing their dreams – the same exact dreams they had before becoming an amputee. You can do it and reminding yourself that on a regular basis is important when you have experienced limb loss.
Seek Out Other Amputees
One of the best ways to see for yourself all of the incredible possibilities ahead of you is to engage with other amputees. Get tuned into your new community – there are amazing individuals who have been exactly where you are and would love to welcome you as part of the family.
When you’re dealing with limb loss, you are never alone. The community is absolutely incredible! Check out the Amputee Coalition website. Follow BioTech on Facebook and other social media platforms. Plug into community and regional events.
Additional Helpful Information
For additional information on adjusting to your new life, check out the links below:
- Post-Op Amputation Self-Care Tips by BioTech Limb and Brace
- Information for Lower Limb Amputees and Their Families by Ottobock
- Traveling with a Prosthesis by BioTech Limb and Brace
- Tips for Taking Care of Your Limb by Amputee Coalition