Eating, sleeping and exercise
Your body will need time to recover after the operation. Therefore it is very important to sleep well and eat good, nutritious food. Any special requests should be discussed with the nurse and a special diet can be set up in co-operation with a dietician if necessary.
The day after the operation, you will be helped to sit in a chair for a little while if at all possible. If strong enough, you might even get help to stand on the healthy leg.
The physiotherapist will organize a long-term training plan and may assist with balance, strength and mobility training. Physical fitness will have an effect on your capability to walk again, so it is very important that the training plan is followed. The aim is to avoid stiffness and contractures in muscles and joints, both in the amputated leg and the rest of the body.
It takes time for the body and mind to adjust to the loss of a limb and particular care should be taken when getting up in the night. Always call for assistance. The nursing staff will be more than willing to help.
Reduction of swelling
In order to be able to use a prosthesis, the wound needs to have started healing. The time it takes for the wound to heal varies considerably and good wound care is essential. Swelling is one of the main reasons for delayed wound healing. In some hospitals Iceross Original silicone liners are used to reduce the swelling as part of a process called compression therapy.