The orthosis/prosthesis you have received may be the first experience you will have ever had with such a medical device. It is extremely important that you follow the specific instructions given to you by the medical professional that is working with you, as well as following the guidelines below.
NEW PROSTHETIC/ORTHOTIC DEVICE WEARING SCHEDULE
DO NOT use your orthosis/prosthesis all day on the first day. Unless you are instructed otherwise by your Physician, begin by utilizing a “wear schedule” similar to as follows:
Day 1: 1-2 hours in the AM; 1-2 hours in the PM
Day 2: 2-3 hours in the AM; 2-3 hours in the PM
Day 3: 3-4 hours in the AM; 3-4 hours in the PM
Day 4: 4-5 hours in the AM; 4-5 hours in the PM
Day 5: Wear as able
This is ONLY an example. Use common sense and listen to your body when wearing your device, and increase the frequency and duration of use only as tolerable.
We anticipate that things may change during this break-in period. If at any point during the acclimation process, a question or a problem develops, CONTACT THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. If need be, stop using the device until the problem is resolved. The only silly question is the one you do not ask. Big problems are often little problems left unattended. Most questions can be answered over the phone, but if it is necessary, we will schedule you for an appointment to address any questions or problems, which may arise.
An Amputee’s Guide
There are many factors or reasons why one may become an amputee. Statistically speaking, amputations are a result of, 70% vascular disease, 23% trauma, 4% cancer, and 3% due to congenital limb deficiences. Of these reasons for amputations, over 50% of the amputees have sustained a below the knee (trans-tibial) amputation, over 30% have had an amputation above the knee (trans-femoral) and the remaining 20% occurs at higher levels of the body (hip and upper extremity amputations).
Antonio, age 23, a bilateral lower extremity amputee, receives a new above knee and a below knee prosthesis. He is able to walk without an assistive devices and returns to the clinic at C.R.I.M.A.L. Mexico to replace worn out prostheses.
Skin Care for the Amputee
The skin is the body’s first line of defense against infection and disease. Proper care of your skin and residual limb will prevent skin breakdown thereby reducing the chance of infection and promoting a normal, active life style. The residual limb is particularly susceptible to fungal and bacterial growth since it is confined in an airless socket throughout the day. Because air does not circulate properly around the residual limb, accumulated heat and trapped perspiration create an environment conducive to infection.