At this stage the surgical wound has healed. Our physiotherapy team will be focused on preparing your residual limb for prosthesis. This will involve education in skin care, muscle strength, pain reduction / management and limb shaping.
Keeping the residual limb in the right position is vital. This helps prevent muscle shortening and tightening (contracture), which prevents full range of motion.
Part of the focus of pre-prosthetic/immediate Post-Op care training is desensitizing your residual limb and scar. There are a number of techniques that can be done to prepare your limb for prosthetics. This will be given to you as part of our treatment package plan.
Once the device has been fitted and the patient discharged, Cedarcrest Prosthetic Centre sets up a follow up plan which will be carried out within two weeks, six weeks, three months and six months respectively after discharge to monitor the fit and function of your device.
We want to be sure that your prosthesis continues to fit comfortably and that it remains fully functional. If we discover any changes (body size or volume) or changes in your functional ability within the period of our follow-up, we will adjust the device and/or recommend changes to the device.