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Dominating Your Amputation’s Emotional Recovery

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Dominating Your Amputation’s Emotional Recovery

Between check-ups, physical therapy, and adjusting to prosthetics, amputation surgery is only a small chunk of the post-op pie. Another chunk? Emotional recovery. Amputation ushers in a host of ups and downs, and Orthotics and Prosthetics by Design can help prepare you to take change in stride.

1.Be proactive, not reactive: Don’t ignore the emotional journey you’re about to experience. Instead of waiting to seek help, connect with a counselor prior to surgery. Embrace the fact that you’ll feel every emotion under the sun so that rough days won’t come as a surprise. When you know what to expect, you’ll feel empowered when you know how to react.

2.Keep a journal from day one: Orthotics and Prosthetics by Design encourages you to set goals throughout your recovery. One of the best ways to do so is through journaling, where you can track daily progress to help you face your experience head-on. Recording accomplishments can provide support on frustrating days, where you can remind yourself of all that you’ve conquered since Day One.

3.Regain – and give up – control: You’ve accepted that you’ll need immediately after surgery. But what happens when you’re into your “new normal”? Allowing others to help you do daily tasks can be frustrating. Go easy on yourself when you need an extra hand. Focus on finding ways to gain independence by making personal choices as soon as you’re ready.

4.Focus on the here and now: Clinging to memories of life before amputation can make acceptance of the “new normal” nearly impossible. You can beat getting sucked down by these feelings by reacquainting yourself with your body’s new way of movement. Take pride in new skills the change has helped you develop, such as creative problem solving and mental stamina.

5.Keep in touch with a mentor: If you didn’t set one up before surgery, find a peer who’s experienced a similar amputation. This mentor can show you tips they’ve learned along the way and serve as a role model while you recover.

Your success is our passion—that’s why our practitioners will listen to your questions, concerns or fears and answer them in a professional and courteous manner. We will be here for you after the operation to help you regain body functionality. Call one of our clinics today to set up an appointment.