Coping With Grief After Limb Loss

 

Grief is a difficult and complicated emotion to untangle, and it affects each person differently. For people who’ve experienced the loss of a limb, grief is a uniquely painful process that can be very isolating. While recovery usually implies returning to normal, recovery for an amputee is something different—it means either creating or adapting to a completely new normal.

The process of physical recovery is challenging enough, but limb loss comes with emotional and mental recovery as well. A new amputee will have to adjust and adapt to several new experiences, which is why it’s important to understand your journey and where you are in it. If you are a new amputee facing the loss of a limb, know that you are not alone. In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 2 million people facing limb loss, and this number is only estimated to grow in the future.

While there is no timetable for grief, there are still ways to go through the process as healthily as possible. In this guide, we’ll go through the challenges someone with limb loss may experience while healing, both physically and emotionally, and the steps they can take to move towards a more fulfilling future

What to Expect

Becoming an amputee is never easy, and while it may not be a walk in the park, it is more than possible to live a happy and meaningful life. If you or someone you love has just experienced the loss of a limb, then you know that fear is a big part of what immediately follows. A good way to calm these fears, however, is simply to learn more about them.

Here’s what you can expect before, during, and after amputation

1.   Before Surgery

In the preoperative stage, you will probably spend a lot of time with your rehabilitation team who will work to prepare you for the surgery, and supply you with a rehabilitation plan for after. It is recommended that you choose a Prosthetist before your surgery, so they can help understand your needs and wants, and assist you as you adapt to your prosthetic limb.

2.   During Surgery

Although you will be asleep during the surgery, some people find it comforting to know what is happening during it. The surgeon will ensure to leave as much healthy tissue as possible and will smooth out the remaining bone, which allows tissue and muscles to cover it

3.   After Surgery

For new amputees, this will probably be the hardest part. Your wound will be dressed, and you may have to wear compression socks. Your residual limb will also likely be elevated to help reduce swelling—which is vital during this time—and will also help when fitting a prosthetic limb later on.

You may be bedridden initially since you will have to keep your wound stable, but rehabilitation can typically begin within a few days post-surgery. In the beginning, you may only have to do gentle stretches to maintain your range of motion and prevent blood clots from forming

4.   Healing

Healing for an amputee is a lot more than just physical healing—it can take a long time to adjust to a new way of living, and it can take a lot to accept that you have to do it in the first place.

Apart from rehabilitation, you may also have to worry about the risk of complications and relearning how to do things that were once second nature. Even with a support system, it can be a difficult and lonely experience, which is why it’s important to learn about the different techniques and strategies you can use to cope

How to Cope with Limb Loss

Recovery is an ongoing process that will present many challenges. These are some of the challenges most new amputees face on their journey to recovery, and how they can cope with them.

Adjusting to a New Life

Even if you lived a highly independent life before your amputation, you will have to be dependent on others, at least for a while. In time, you will learn how to perform your daily activities in a new way and slowly regain your independence.

Having to readjust to life can make people feel helpless and like they’ve lost control. It’s important at this moment for amputees to take stock of what they can and cannot do alone and communicate it to those around them. It is normal to face severe emotional turbulence at this point, but you don’t have to suffer alone

Facing a New Body Image

The way we perceive ourselves and our bodies can have a huge impact on our self-worth. Especially in the case of the loss of a limb, it can represent feelings of being less than whole or losing functionality.

Remember to be kind to yourself, as much as you can. Focus on the positive aspects that are unrelated to your body image. Maybe even challenge yourself to do something new that you didn’t before

Physical Recovery

Amputation can leave people with a lot of long and short-term physical effects. Even apart from the residual pain, you may even experience sensations of a phantom limb, which can make recovery even more difficult. Being in pain affects people physically, mentally, and emotionally—so, make sure to talk to your rehabilitation team if your pain is affecting you in ways you cannot handle.

Mental Recovery

It’s natural to feel lost and hopeless after going through something as life-changing as the amputation of a limb. Remember that it is okay to grieve what you have lost. In time, you may find that life isn’t hopeless after all. Prosthetics offer a lot of people a chance to live their lives as they want by reducing pain and depression, so they don’t have to worry about missing out

Emotional Support for Amputees

The psychological effect of an amputation can wreak havoc on your emotions, with grief being one of the strongest. That is why it’s important to monitor your mental health after an amputation since many new amputees become susceptible to depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. These feelings can be strongest in the months immediately following the amputation, but they can reduce in the years to come.

Negative thoughts will be common, and they can range from temporary sadness to suicidal ideation. If you are suffering from these feelings or any disorders it’s important to communicate with your rehabilitation team, so they can help you constructively deal with them

If you are experiencing signs of depression, PTSD, or other mental disorders, reach out to those around you. Asking for help can be hard, but don’t let limb loss isolate you from those around you. Peer counselors, psychologists, family, and friends can help make a difficult journey less stressful. So, even if it’s hard, ask for help. Remember that you are more than the things that happen to you, and you deserve to live a happy and fulfilling life.

Steps to Manage Grief after Limb Loss

It takes time to process everything you experience before, during, and after an amputation. However, there are various positive strategies you can use to cope, including

●      Acknowledging your feelings. Some people might experience feelings of anger, denial, or depression while grieving their loss. It’s important to acknowledge these feelings and give them the space to be felt. You could even try writing or making art during this time, so you can express these feelings in a positive and healthy way

●      Reaching out. If your feelings start to get too overwhelming, or you find that they are getting worse instead of better, reach out to your rehabilitation team or mental health professional. The period right after an amputation is a vulnerable one, so remember to be kind to yourself and get the help you need.

●      Trusting the process. Grieving is normal, but is still a highly personal process. Grief looks different for different people, so if you find that your journey isn’t going the way you want it to, that’s okay. You may find that the coping mechanisms for others don’t work for you, or that your process takes longer. All of this is completely normal. Your grief is yours—what works for you won’t work for others, and vice versa.

●      Connecting with others. Although you might feel alone, you are actually one of 185,000 people who experience amputations every year, who are facing grief just as you are. Knowing that you aren’t alone can make a huge difference in how healthily you process your emotions. Find a support group where you can listen to others and express your own voice

●      Embracing optimism. Many amputees look for spiritual meaning after experiencing limb loss, while others don’t want an explanation, and instead want to settle into their new lives. There’s no right answer to how you should progress after an amputation, but having a positive attitude and focusing on the future can do wonders for your healing.

Coping with limb loss is challenging, but one of the ways you can recover faster is with a well-fitted prosthetic. FIT Prosthetics, we pride ourselves on helping you achieve seamless rehabilitation. To learn more, contact us today.

 

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10 Benefits of Joining an Amputee Support Group

Life after an amputation can be emotionally challenging. Though your family members, friends, and doctors are there to support you, they may not fully understand what you’re going through. Most often, they might think that you are coping well—especially after getting a prosthesis. An amputee support group can help you process your feelings and gain a new perspective as you navigate through life after the amputation.

Read on to know more about the benefits of joining an amputee support group.

Get Help Processing Your Emotions and Improve Your Understanding of Amputation

Denial, loneliness, and isolation are common reactions to amputation. It might be difficult sharing your experience with your doctors or loved ones. Joining a support group will allow you to interact with fellow amputees who can relate to these feelings. Learning from their experiences can make you realize that you are not alone. An amputee support group can also help you know more about living life with a prosthetic implant.

Helps You Cope with Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom limb sensation and phantom limb pain are common among new amputees. It is the feeling that you still have the missing body part, and so you may attempt to use that hand, foot, leg, or arm as you normally would.

It is often described as crushing, toes twisting, hot iron, burning, tingling, cramping, shocking, and shooting pain in the amputated area. The nerves connected to the missing body part still exist, and they signal the brain that the limb is in pain, which causes phantom limb pain.

Talking to others in an amputee support group can help you understand why it’s happening and how to cope with it. Additionally, those in the group may have also experienced phantom pains at some point. They can point you in the direction of a few treatments that have helped them cope with their phantom limb sensation.

Address Feelings of Self-Worth and Self-Esteem

A lot of emotions boil to the surface after losing part of your body. If the part had to be amputated due to medical reasons, you might be relieved that the disease is gone but extremely sad that you no longer have that part of your body. You may have a lot of self-confidence or self-esteem issues because you feel people might look at you differently. You may even feel some self-loathing or loss of identity, and these are perfectly normal feelings.

Although, it is essential to grow from these feelings into a healthier state of mind. To do that, many amputees in Texas join support groups to help address and deal with these complicated feelings. These groups provide multiple valuable resources to amputees, and not just emotional support. They can help you process these feelings and learn how to regain your confidence.

Find a Mentor

Many support groups often provide new members with a mentor or sponsor who can help them through difficult times. These mentors are amputees who have learned how to cope and manage well, and they have been trained on how to counsel new members through the beginning stages of amputation. When you really need someone to talk to, it helps to have a mentor who understands what you are going through. They know firsthand what you are dealing with, and they can offer you a new perspective as you recover.

Make an Informed Decision About Prostheses

Thanks to technological advancements in the medical field, bionics or mechanical body parts that very closely work with signals in the human brain to mimic human movements are available to patients. After your amputation site has had time to heal over, your doctor may suggest a prosthesis. Peers from a support group can help you learn more about this option and understand how life after a prosthetic implant will be. They can help you make a well-informed decision. The group can also help you connect with non-profit organizations that can help you with funding for your prosthesis.

Connect to Resources for Specialty Prostheses and Programs

Joining amputee support groups connects you to dozens of resources in your area. There are various programs for amputees such as,

●      Programs to help people who are about to have an amputation

●      Programs to help people adapt to life after their amputation

●      Programs to support those who want to be athletic and/or para-athletes

●      Programs to guide those who want to be part of testing new and advanced prostheses for marketing and development purposes.

 

Additionally, there are programs to help you learn how to advocate for yourself and your needs going forward. Being an amputee doesn’t make you disabled; it makes you differently-abled. Prostheses can assist you in everything you do and help you lead a normal life. Learning to live with a mechanical extension of your body’s natural parts and be fully employed means learning to advocate for your rights as a human being. There are support groups that can show you how to do that.

Support Groups for Military Veterans Who Have Had Amputations

There are support groups for veterans who have lost a limb, hand, foot, etc. The trauma endured because of losing a body part in a war is very different and difficult to process, which is why they have their own support groups. If you are a veteran amputee, you can join a support group with other veterans and/or a support group with non-military amputees as you see fit. These groups can help you recover from the trauma and adapt to everyday life.

Learn How Other Amputees Stay Active, Fit, and Healthy

Losing a foot or a leg doesn’t mean that a person has to be wheelchair-bound for life. There are various limb prostheses options such as running blade prosthesis, single foot/full running shoe prostheses, and more to help them get up and get moving. Similarly, if you are missing an arm below the shoulder, elbow, or hand, prostheses are made to help you keep that side of your body in shape. Peers from a support group can help you know more about the options available for you.

An amputee support group can help you understand what physical activities you can undertake to stay fit and active. You might even be able to lift weights to keep your shoulder and back muscles healthy. Learning about the workout routines and physical activities of other amputees can encourage you to try them out and stay fit.

Find Camaraderie Without Pity

You may find that people connect to you in different ways now. Some may have compassion, while others show pity. Most amputees just want to be friends, and they want to be accepted. Initially, trying to figure this out isn’t always easy. Making friends with other amputees through support groups can help you navigate new social waters better and even provide you with some friends who get what you’re going through.

It may also be difficult for your spouse or significant other to understand how you are feeling right now. Joining a support group helps you and your partner figure out how to navigate your relationship now. Sometimes spouses and significant others are invited to group meetings to share their thoughts and feelings, and that can make a really big difference in how well you stay connected to each other.

Learn Which Healthcare Plans and Insurance Providers Will Pay for Prostheses

While you may want the best in a prosthesis, you also have to pay for it to be made and fitted. Knowing whether or not your insurance covers it is a good place to start. Being in a support group, you can ask these questions of others present to find out which insurance providers will cover most of the costs of your new prosthesis.

You can even change insurance providers if necessary to gain access to the best equipment you can get. The less out-of-pocket you pay, the better you may feel about wearing a prosthesis. Your peers from a support group are a really good source to consult on these matters. At FIT Prosthetics, we work with several amputee partners that help those who need a prosthesis. Some of our partners are non-profits and give those who aren’t able to get funding a prosthesis.

You don’t have to give up on life when you become an amputee. Navigate through life and get the best solutions to lead a better life with FIT Prosthetics. Contact Us today to see how we can construct the best prosthesis for you! Our team can provide you with more support and guide you as you begin this new stage in your life.

3 Types of Upper Extremity Prosthetics

Are you missing a hand or one of your digits? Do you want to practice fencing, painting, or do you simply want to be able to independently care for yourself? While old-school prosthetics had trouble performing even rudimentary tasks, modern prosthetics have a much wider range of usability. At FIT PROSTHETICS, we can help you and other locals find the prosthesis that’s right for your needs.

Significant Changes in Technology

There have been a lot of changes in prosthetic technology and design in the past few years.

 

While advanced low-tech options do exist, chances are you would greatly benefit from one of the high-tech solutions that could allow you far more usability. In the past, you had to be very careful about how much you could trust your prosthesis to do. Nowadays, prosthetics are a lot smarter and more reliable.

 

Prosthesis fingers have improved mechanics and functionality and now have multiple motors, better batteries, more intelligent sensors, and more accurate grip strength when handling something delicate. Computers have also improved dramatically. It is now much easier to make detailed and sophisticated computer models of a prosthesis.

 

You can have a prosthesis designed for a great range of general activities, allowing you a lot more freedom than what used to be possible. It is even easy to develop specialty prosthetics for specific activities like sports, jobs, and various hobbies.

 

If you have an older prosthetic, now would be an excellent time to consider a major upgrade.

Types of Upper Body Prosthetics We Offer

At FIT Prosthetics, we have several types of prostheses to meet almost any patient’s needs. These options range from various brands of electric motor-driven hooks to state-of-the-art cyborg-like electric hands, and even individual prosthetic digits. Here are some of the hands and fingers we offer at FIT Prosthetics:

Body-Powered Heavy Duty System

heavy-duty body-powered system is a controllable prosthesis system that does not use electronics at all. It is mechanically powered, and it works based on the position of your arms and body. Body-powered prosthetics are great for dusty outside work environments.

 

You do not need to worry about the electronics getting damaged because there are no electronic parts. When you want to do water activities, you are working on a ranch, or you are a tradesman, then a heavy-duty body-powered system is a good choice. These are also great for recreational activities like camping, hiking, or doing contact sports.

 

Because these are purely mechanical, and they have a relatively simple design, you do not have to worry as much about them getting banged up. With an electric prosthesis, you need to be mindful of what type of environment you take your artificial limb into.

 

The heavy-duty body-powered system also has a lot fewer limitations. You never have to worry about losing power and your prosthesis turning into a deadweight.

 

Unlike electronic devices that can take a while to learn to use and rely on computers to understand what you are trying to do, body-powered devices just work based on how you move your body. You just put the device on, and once you get the hang of how they operate, you can start to use them.

Myo i-Limbs and i-Digits

Myo i-limbs are tools that have the shape of a human hand and can grab things similar to a human hand. Once you learn how to use it, you’ll be amazed at how much of a difference it can make in your life.

 

Unlike hooks which stand out a lot, the i-limb looks very similar to a human hand. There are three general sizes available, and with proper training, you can even use the i-limb to write your name.

 

These limbs do use some electronics, so you will want to be mindful of the environment you take them in; however, they work great in the vast majority of places. You could wear a glove around them, but the design is sleek enough that you won’t feel the need.

 

i-limbs are like the prosthesis found in science fiction stories. You can even get a finger with a stylus on it so that you can operate a touchscreen like on a tablet or a smartphone.

 

This prosthetic uses Myo-band technology to detect electric signals you send to your muscles and then reads and communicates these signals to the prosthesis. The prosthesis picks up those signals and performs a pre-programmed operation of the hand or digits.

 

You have a limited number of actions and patterns of movement the hand can perform. The device cannot perform actions the same way a flesh hand can, and you need to train your brain to use it.

 

When getting fitted for this prosthesis, you learn the pre-programmed signals that the device can use and perform the appropriate action to trigger those signals.

 

Myo-i technology is at the cutting edge of the technology we have available today, and it shows great promise for the world of tomorrow.

ETD Myo Hooks

Hooks may not be as aesthetically pleasing as prostheses that look like hands, but they have a lot of versatility. These hooks are precise enough that you can crack an egg with them.

 

Hooks are well-liked in the prosthetic community due to their versatility and simplicity of operations. However, prostheses that look and operate more like human hands may have a steeper learning curve in their day-to-day operation. They may also have a more limited range of functions.

 

However, while learning to use a hook does take some practice, it can generally be picked up to basic usability faster than the hand-shaped prosthetics.

Myo-Electric Hand

This is a less advanced prosthesis that works similarly to the i-limb and i-digits. Your brain sends signals to your muscles, which are translated to the robot hand through sensors. It looks like a flesh hand, but only the first three fingers work. The other two are strictly cosmetic.

Be-bionic

be-bionic prosthetics are eclectic arms that, much like the i-limb brand, read the signals you send to your muscles to activate different grips.

 

You push a button on the arm to select what set of grips you want (with 14 types of grips in total), and then you flex your muscles to control the arm. It has a battery indicator on the arm, and the charge lasts about a day. These hands are available in two different sizes and with three wrist versions to suit individual requirements.

 

Be-bionic prosthesis hands have been transforming the lives and abilities of amputees around the world since their conception by helping them perform simple tasks like tying shoelaces, to giving them back their control and self-esteem.

The Taska Hand

The taska hand is a heavy-duty electric hand much like the be-bionic. Unlike the be-bionic prosthetic hand, the taska is waterproof up to the wrist.

 

It has buttons to select what type of grip pattern you want to use on the back of the hand. You can use your muscles to rotate the wrist of the taska an entire 360 degrees.

 

In addition to the versatility of the taska hand, it has a quick-disconnect feature with infinite rotations, reliable release, and improved life. The dual-release buttons make it easier and faster to change your hand, while also enhancing grip security and preventing unwanted releases.

How FIT Prosthetics Will Help You Find the Best Prosthesis for Your Situation

In the end, there are a lot of prosthetic options. What is best for you will depend on the extent and shape of your missing extremity, your desired tasks, comfort, and goals.

 

When you call us, we will schedule a preliminary consultation to determine your needs and discuss what options are available. Sometimes you may want a high-tech solution. Other times, a purely mechanical solution would work best for your situation while others will get a range of prosthetics for different situations, like being in public versus at home.

 

After your scheduled consultations with us, we can begin the fitting process. We are located in Murray, or we can come to you! We will use our 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to provide you with the best fit possible.

 

Once that is done, we can then order the best type of prosthetic hand or prosthetic finger for your unique situation.

Are You in the Market for a New Prosthesis?

Are you fed up with poorly fitted prosthetics that don’t work when and how you need them? Do you want to take back your mobility and get a prosthetic that lives up to its promises?

 

If you are ready to see the possibilities that a new prosthetic can bring, contact FIT Prosthetics and put your goals in motion today. Our staff is ready to help you get the right prosthesis!

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Transtibial Amputation Prosthetics FAQ

What Is Transtibial Amputation?

If you are not familiar with medical lingo, transtibial amputation refers to the amputation of the parts of the leg that are located below the knee. This is typically only done in severe situations of damage to the area or of disease. Some of the reasons why someone would consider undergoing this could be because of diabetes, foot ulcers, or trauma to the area of the limb.

 

Most are performed because of peripheral vascular disease, which is a disease of the lower limb. The leg cannot heal if there is poor circulation, and this may cause it to ulcer and become infected beyond the point of medication. This is a life-threatening situation that can cost you dearly. And so, to save your life, the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, and everything else are removed from the patient’s body to ensure a longer lifespan.

 

This type of amputation is performed by either a vascular or orthopedic surgeon who will remove the limb and then reshape the remaining limb to allow for the use of a prosthetic leg once they have recovered.

The Process and Physical Therapy

This surgery is often thought to be done as a last-minute decision in which you don’t have time to think before it must be done. The truth is that the scenario only happens in extreme situations in which leaving the infected limb attached for any length of time risks death.

 

Typically, you will have time to consider this very important alteration to your life and prepare for it. Physical therapists can be brought in to help prepare for how things will be different. Before surgery, they will help you by working on conditioning your body to help compensate for the loss of the limb by improving the strength in your hip and knee. They will also work with you on learning how to walk with a walker or crutches and educating you on what to prepare for when the procedure is over with.

 

After the surgery and the recovery time at the hospital, the physical therapist will work with you on rehabilitation and help to prevent any complications that may arise after surgery.

The Prosthetics Process

To help with the loss of an important limb, people can get prosthetics to replace it. This is a tool that can help improve a person’s lifestyle and give you some semblance of normalcy. To get one, the area where the prosthetic will be attached must be mapped out to ensure comfort.

 

Modern companies that specialize in this will use digital imagery to help ensure that the prosthetic is a perfect fit. Once it is made, the unit will be attached and altered to make sure that it is comfortable. The crafters will go over any maintenance that needs to be done and ensure you can understand the limits of this extension of the body. This can seem overwhelming, but companies like FIT PROSTHETICS will offer resources and in-person guides to ensure that you are fully prepared for this big change.

The Cost of Prosthesis

The price of a prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $70,000, and the life span of each prosthesis is only three to five years. This can make it expensive, but some resources can help. Some organizations will cover either the entire cost of the prosthetic or the majority of the cost with minimal expense. Finally, if you are a soldier, military insurance and veterans programs will help fund the cost of your prosthetic.

Things to Be Aware Of

Most people don’t know of the issues that arise when adding a prosthetic to their life. Though some of them can be troublesome, none of them are truly life-altering so long as you take the time to learn how to best counteract them.

 

One is called hyperhidrosis, which is excess sweating when the body is struggling to regulate its temperature.

 

Another is the changing of the limb shape as the body settles into the new prosthetic. Because the area of the knee that remains is rubbing and pressing down on the prosthetic, it can cause it to change forms, and that may mean you need either padding or possible replacement.

 

The next is weakness in the limb. This can make using the prosthetic troublesome for any length of time.

 

Finally, there is phantom limb pain that can make using prosthetics troublesome.

Pros of Prosthetics

Though there might be issues that come along with having one, a transtibial amputation prosthetic limb will improve your life. It will make walking easier. Plus, it will take away the need for crutches and replace them with a socially acceptable cane. Sitting and standing will become easier as you’ll have the support you need to do so stably. Also, the prosthesis can make you more comfortable, both physically and emotionally. A good prosthesis can help you feel as though you are physically complete. It can greatly improve your quality of life and help keep you from feeling socially ostracized.

For more information about prosthetics, reach out to us at FIT Prosthetics.

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