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Why do I have so many doctors treating my amputation?

Charles J. Sophy, MD
Adolescent Medicine

Before an amputation, doctors will try to save a damaged limb by using antibiotics to stop an infection, repairing damaged blood vessels, or increasing blood supply where it's low. If these treatments fail to work, a doctor may consider doing an amputation. After an amputation, physical therapy and exercise are important. Many people who have amputations get prostheses, or artificial limbs. It can take a good deal of practice to learn how to use a prosthesis.

After undergoing limb loss during combat, you will awaken to a dedicated group of healthcare specialists who are devoted to amputee care. These highly trained surgeons, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, prosthetists, and other counselors will be in charge of your case 24/7. Not only will they be immediately concerned about your physical health, but they will make sure you are emotionally and mentally strong.

Initially, your doctors will work on your amputated limb, aiming to keep limb length, as well as proper tissue and healthy nerve coverage. After the limb begins to heal, you will be seen by many specialists, including psychiatrists and psychologists, to help you deal with acceptance of the loss and to give you hope in what lies ahead in the future.
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