I am a new amputee. What is the best way to have success with my new prosthesis?
Learning to use an artificial limb is a process. It can take a few weeks for some and several months for others. The most important part of being successful with your prosthesis is you. Your prosthetist, physical therapist, physician, and other professionals will help you through the process. There will be a lot to learn. Like everything else though, your success will be determined by the effort you put into it. This includes complying with your rehab program, managing your general health, and committing to a lot of practice.
There are many factors that play a role in a person’s ability to use a prosthesis and everyone’s capabilities are different. If you put in the time, along with help from your medical team, learning to use a prosthesis can be a positive experience and have a great impact on your life. It can help you gain back some of the function you had prior to your amputation.
Your medical team will help you move through the rehabilitation process by ensuring that you have access to the resources you need regardless of the path you are on. It is important to remember that you are an active participant in your care and to communicate with your prosthetist regularly.