Do you elevate a stump after amputation?


Rosalee Pearson   |   Member since 2018  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Elevate the stump for the first 24 to 48 hours. Move and turn the patient gently and slowly to prevent severe muscle spasms. Reposition the patient every 2 hours, turning the patient from side to side and prone, if possible. Lying prone helps reduce hip flexion contractures.

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Margot Windsor   |   Member since 2019  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Keeping this in view, how do you care for a stump amputation?

Gently wash your stump at least once a day (more frequently in hot weather) with mild unscented soap and warm water, and dry it carefully. If you have a prosthetic limb, you should alsoregularly clean the socket usingsoap and warm water.Stump care

  1. warm, red and tender skin.
  2. discharge of fluid or pus.
  3. increasing swelling.
Likewise, how can you prevent contracture after amputation? Amputees should lie prone for 15 minutes three times a day to prevent hip flexion contractures. The amputee who cannot lie prone should lie supine and actively extend the residual limb while flexing the contralateral leg.


Sonya Wooldridge   |   Member since 2007  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Simply so, do you elevate residual limb?

While you are in bed, keep your residual limb raised on one to two pillows for the first 24 hours after surgery. This helps decrease swelling. After the first day, keep your residual limb flat on the bed to prevent your hip from tightening. This also helps prevent hip tightening.


Daniel Needham   |   Member since 2014  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What are the side effects of amputation?

However, such is the dramatic change to a person's body, there are several further physical effects that can impact the life of an amputee:


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Colleen Higgs   |   Member since 2006  |  ✔ Verified

How long does it take to recover from an amputated leg?

about four to eight weeks


Lucas Healy   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

Can you sleep with a prosthetic leg?

A patient with an above knee amputation should never sleep with a pillow under their limb. This may cause a hip flexion contracture and they will not be able to completely straighten their hip. An above knee amputee should also never sleep with a pillow between their legs.


Parker Cassidy   |   Member since 2017  |  ✔ Verified

Can you sleep with a prosthetic leg on?

At first, you will have a wearing schedule to acclimate your residual limb to the prosthesis. Once you have completed the wearing schedule, you can wear the prosthesis all day, but never at night while sleeping.


Domenic Stevenson   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

What is ideal stump?

- ideal bone length is between 12 to 17 cm as measured from the medial joint line; - when stump measures less than less than 5 cm, function is comprimised, therefore consider amputation at next higher level (knee disarticulation or AKA);


Carmen Swift   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

How do you take care of a prosthetic leg?

Use a mild antibacterial soap, rinse thoroughly with clean water, and gently dry with a towel. Don't soak your limb, shave your limb or apply creams to your limb. Allow your residual limb to air dry completely before donning your prosthesis.


Rick Morris   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

Can you walk normally with a prosthetic leg?

Prosthetic legs, or prostheses, can help people with leg amputations get around more easily. They mimic the function and, sometimes, even the appearance of a real leg. Some people still need a cane, walker or crutches to walk with a prosthetic leg, while others can walk freely.


Barney Phillips   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

What is stump care?

Stump care It's very important to keep the skin on the surface of your stump clean to reduce the risk of it becoming irritated or infected. Gently wash your stump at least once a day (more frequently in hot weather) with mild unscented soap and warm water, and dry it carefully.


Janelle Stone   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

What is the end of an amputation called?

What is a stump? After an amputation, the bit that's left beyond a healthy joint is called a residual limb, or more commonly, a stump.


Ryan Hunter   |   Member since 2016  |  ✔ Verified

Which position would be appropriate for a person with a leg amputation?

In a straight position For below-knee amputations: When seated, always keep your residual limb supported and the knee straight. In a wheelchair you can use an “amputee board”, and on a regular chair use a second chair of the same height to support your residual limb.


Ethan Ramsey   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

Does wearing a prosthetic leg hurt?

A prosthesis is basically an extension of your body. A standard prosthesis is made of conventional component parts that create the leg and prosthetic foot. These parts are connected to a socket that fits over your residual limb. A poorly fitted socket can lead to pain, sores and blisters on your residual limb.


Domenic Yard   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

How long do you wear a stump shrinker?

Wear stump shrinker to control swelling in residual limb AT ALL TIMES. Wear APOP (adjustable post operative protector) to prevent knee flexion contractures AT ALL TIMES. To prevent hip flexor contracture, for at least 20 minutes per day and while you are asleep, lay completely flat on stomach.


Rosalie Bullock   |   Member since 2013  |  ✔ Verified

How many hours a day can you wear a prosthetic leg?

Wear the prosthesis for a maximum of 2 hours, with up to 1/2 hour of that standing and/or walking. These amounts are maximums, and need not all be done at once. Examine the limb after every hour of wearing, and/or after every 15 minutes of standing or walking.


Phillip Hogg   |   Member since 2008  |  ✔ Verified

How much does it cost to get a prosthetic leg?

The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from $5, 000 to $50, 000. But even the most expensive prosthetic limbs are built to withstand only three to five years of wear and tear, meaning they will need to be replaced over the course of a lifetime, and they're not a one-time cost.


Marina Lee   |   Member since 2010  |  ✔ Verified

How do you take care of residual limbs?

Daily limb care and hygieneWash your residual limb at least once a day. Use warm water and a mild antibacterial soap. Using a washcloth, scrub gently over all surfaces of the residual limb. Dry your residual limb thoroughly. Wear a clean shrinker sock every day.


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