Advertisement

How long does it take to recover from an amputation?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

After surgery, the wound from an amputation may take one or two months to heal. A patient will probably stay in the hospital for up to two weeks, provided there are no complications.

Amputees who get prostheses, or artificial limbs, may be able to start using their prostheses as soon as a week after their operation. The amount of time it takes to adjust to this new device varies depending on the situation.

After the physical wound heals, many patients face emotional challenges caused by the loss of the limb and the possible loss of independence and comfort that go with it. The emotional pain may require counseling and may take some time to heal.

Continue Learning about Amputation as a Physical Disability

how do i manage daily living after having an amputation ?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Living with an amputation can be a challenge both physically and emotionally. Physical therapy and e...
More Answers
what should i know about helping an adaptive diver with an amputation ?
DiveheartDiveheart
Mobility-impaired adaptive divers with amputations may need to spend extra time getting weighted pro...
More Answers
what tissues do surgeons cut through during an amputation ?
Discovery HealthDiscovery Health
A surgeon must cut through numerous types of body tissue during an amputation. They include:Skin: Wh...
More Answers
can amputation be prevented ?
Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhDDr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Although amputation cannot always be prevented, there are many effective steps you can take. If you...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.