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frequently asked questions

  • Are there any magazines specifically for amputees?

    Yes, InMotion Magazine is available. Ask your Prosthetist for a copy or contact.

  • Can I take a shower with my prosthesis on?

    No. Unless you have a prosthesis specifically designed for water use, you may not shower or bathe with it. Confirm with your Prosthetist if your prosthesis may be used for showering.

  • How will my prosthesis stay on?

    There are many different suspension methods – you should discuss the best for your needs with your prosthetist. Some limbs are suspended using suction, some using vacuum-assisted socket design, some using pin liners, etc. Please visit Perfect Surgical for more information.

  • How often should I check my residual limb?

    You should examine your residual limb daily. Make sure to check all parts of your limb. Call your prosthetist immediately if you notice any skin changes such as blisters, redness, soreness, swelling, pain or drainage.

  • What is a prosthesis?

    The type of prosthesis (plural is prostheses) that we manufacture is an artificial limb that replaces a missing extremity: leg, foot, toes, arm, hand or fingers. The prosthesis is comprised of a socket and components. The socket fits over the remaining portion of the limb or body (see Perfect Surgical for more information) The components are the mechanical or electrical parts that attach to the socket (see Perfect Surgical for more information). A prosthesis can be functional, cosmetic, or both.

  • What exactly is Phantom Sensation?

    Phantom Sensation applies to two feelings: 1 – The feeling of actually having your limb after it has been amputated and 2 – pain that feels like it comes from your residual limb.

  • Is there anything I can do to speed up the rehabilitation process post amputation?

    We recommend wrapping your residual limb at all times and elevated whenever possible to reduce the edema (swelling). Please visit Perfect Surgical for specific instructions on how to wrap your limb properly.

  • How much will my prosthetic care cost?

    This depends on the type of prosthesis and whether insurance is involved. Since prosthetics are custom made devices and involve a wide-range of different components, there is no standard cost. To find out the cost of your care with Perfect Surgical Please visit our Perfect Surgical section for more details.

  • How soon after my amputation will I be able to get a prosthesis and start walking?

    While it differs depending on how quickly you heal, a healthy person with good circulation and no post-operative complications might be ready to use a temporary prosthesis as soon as 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. If possible, it is always beneficial to consult with a Prosthetist prior to amputation. Please visit Perfect Surgical for more details.

  • Can I continue to enjoy sports with my prosthesis?

    Most people can resume their sports activities using their prosthesis. Today, advances have been made that allow amputees to participate in practically any sport imaginable. There are professional amputee racecar drivers, professional amputee skiers, professional amputee kiteboarders, and even professional amputee runners, such as Oscar Pistorius, who are trying to compete in the Olympics against able-bodied runners.

  • I'm facing an amputation. What should I do first?

    Limb loss generally refers to the absences of any part of an extremity (arm or leg) due to surgical or traumatic amputation. The term, Limb Differences, is used in reference to the congenital absence or malformation of limbs.

  • What are Limb Loss and Limb Differences?

    No. Unless you have a prosthesis specifically designed for water use, you may not shower or bathe with it. Confirm with your Prosthetist if your prosthesis may be used for showering.