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A Quick Guide to Below the Knee Amputation

A Quick Guide to Below the Knee AmputationSometimes, despite extensive treatments to restore or maintain adequate blood flow and fight infection, the tissue in an extremity such as a foot, leg, or arm dies and amputation becomes necessary. Some 1.8 million Americans are living with amputations, with the surgical removal of all or part of the leg, being the most common amputation surgery.

While far more is involved in this process than we could ever hope to cover adequately in a “quick guide,” here are a few things to know about below the knee amputation.

Don’t wait to talk to a prosthetist

If there is one thing we want you to know, it is that you shouldn’t wait until after surgery and physical therapy to talk to a prosthetist. Premier Prosthetics Center can and often does consult with patients and their surgeons prior to amputation surgery. The process starts with an evaluation of your mobility and lifestyle expectations in addition to analysis of the details of your condition and upcoming amputation surgery. Many surgeons find this process valuable in helping to establish whether certain surgical techniques can enhance your outcomes after surgery. Detailed understanding of the specifics of your situation aids in the prosthesis fabrication and fitting process.

Take Good Care of Yourself Emotionally and Physically

Once you’ve come through the surgery, be sure to adhere to any post-operative care. Immediately after amputation, your residual limb will be bandaged and treated to quickly heal your surgical wound. It  is vital that you stick to the recommendations of your surgeon and physical therapist to ensure you fully recover from your amputation surgery as quickly as possible. Don’t neglect the emotional aspects of your recovery either. Attitude plays a key role in successful below the knee amputations.

Don’t be afraid of the physical therapy

The primary goals of your post operative physical therapy will be to ensure you retain the function of your residual limb and prepare the area for your preparatory and definitive prostheses. It may seem like the last thing you want to do, but physical therapy is key to maintaining and expanding your mobility and activity level during the prosthesis fitting process.

Our Comprehensive Care Improves Outcomes of Below the Knee Amputation

As you can see, from pre-amputation consultations to post-amputation recovery and beyond, our professional team at Premier Prosthetic Center in Knoxville guides and supports you throughout the below the knee amputation and prosthesis process. We specialize in lower extremity prosthetics and have developed a process that provides individual attention and optimal fit thanks to our custom on-site fabrication. We can create the unique prosthesis you need to achieve the level of mobility you desire and provide the superior comfort, fit and function you deserve!

Are you currently facing amputation, struggling with a poorly fitting prosthesis, or something in between?  Call Premier Prosthetic Center in Knoxville today at (865) 474-7096 or schedule a free consultation online and let our highly-qualified staff create prosthesis for your unique lifestyle with our specialized design and fitting process.

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