Question: How to deal with life after an amputation?

Can you live a long life after amputation?

Mortality following amputation ranges from 13 to 40% in 1 year, 35–65% in 3 years, and 39–80% in 5 years, being worse than most malignancies.

How do you cope with amputees?

Amputees are often required to cope with ongoing health issues (eg. pain), learn new skills and sometimes even modify their expectations in relation to their capabilities. Therefore, the loss of a limb requires major adjustment, both for the person and their family/friends.

How long does it take to recover from an amputation?

Ideally, the wound should fully heal in about four to eight weeks. But the physical and emotional adjustment to losing a limb can be a long process. Long-term recovery and rehabilitation will include: Exercises to improve muscle strength and control.

What causes death after amputation?

Patients with renal disease, increased age and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) have exhibited overall higher mortality rates after amputation, demonstrating that patients health status heavily influences their outcome. Furthermore, cardiovascular disease is the major cause of death in these individuals.

What are the psychological effects of amputation?

About ≥30% of amputees are troubled by depression. Psychological morbidity, decreased self esteem, distorted body image, increased dependency and significant levels of social isolation are also observed in short and long-term follow up after amputation.

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