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What lies ahead after having a limb amputated during combat?

It is not easy to think about your future after undergoing limb amputation on the battlefield. But limb loss is a reality for thousands of war veterans. To experience all that life has in store for you, it’s vital that you move beyond the loss and focus on healing and recovery.

Working with your team of doctors and other healthcare specialists on the rehab team, you will learn everything about limb loss and how to restore your body back to health. Your doctor or a rehabilitation nurse will show you how to use tight compression bandages to shrink your remaining limb. Shrinking of the stump is done to get it ready for the temporary prosthesis. You will attend physical therapy classes where you’ll learn how to move around -- even walk with a single limb. A specialist will explain more about a prosthesis and then fit you with a prosthetic limb. Using a prosthetic limb, you can increase your mobility and physical activities and regain your normal life again. Knowledge is power for those who have lost limbs during combat. Focusing on post-surgical rehabilitation, you can regain your strength and live an active, meaningful life again.

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