After the procedure, you will be taken to the recovery room. Your recovery will vary
depending on the type of procedure done and anesthesia used. The blood flow and
feeling of the affected extremity will be checked. Once your blood pressure, pulse,
and breathing are stable and you are alert, you will be taken to your hospital
You will get pain medicines and antibiotics as needed. The dressing will be changed and watched closely.
You will start physical therapy soon after your surgery. Rehabilitation is designed for your specific needs. It may include gentle stretching, special exercises, and help getting in and out of bed or a wheelchair. If you had a leg amputation, you will learn how to bear weight on your remaining limb.
There are specialists who make and fit prosthetic devices. They will visit you soon after surgery and will instruct you how to use the prosthesis. You may begin to practice with your artificial limb as early as 10 to 14 days after your surgery, depending on your comfort and wound healing process.
After amputation, you will stay in the hospital for several days. You will get instructions as to how to change your dressing. You will be discharged home when the healing process is going well and you are able to take care of yourself with assistance.
After surgery, you may have emotional concerns. You may have grief over the lost
limb or a physical condition known as phantom pain. This is pain or other feeling in
your amputated limb. If this is the case, you may receive medicines or other types of