How long does it take to recover from an amputation?

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.

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Amputation as a Physical Disability

The National Library of Medicine defines an amputee as a person who as lost a limb, an arm or a leg. While other amputations (such as breast) are done, they are considered differently. The most common reason for amputation is not ...

injury, but peripheral artery disease. Other reasons include cancer or an extremely severe infection that is not responding. Amputees may have phantom pain which is pain that seems to be in the limb that is missing. This often goes away after a period of weeks to months. Part of rehabilitation after an amputation may be fitting with an artificial or prosthetic limb and training in how to use it. Amputees are encouraged to exercise, and special prosthetics have been developed to help golf swings or enable skiing.
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