Artificial Limbs Following Amputation
When you lose an arm or leg, you have options for how to manage the impairment. While some people choose to learn how to navigate life without their limb, others might be interested in obtaining an artificial limb. This is a personal choice that you should make after careful discussion with your medical providers.
First, they will determine whether you are a good candidate for an artificial limb. Some factors include:
- The pain level of the victim
- How much soft tissue remains on the bone
- The condition of the victim’s skin
- Does the victim still have a range of motion?
- The health of the other limbs
- The victim’s activity level and goals for future mobility
- The reason for the amputation
People with traumatic amputations from accidents are often better candidates than those who needed amputations due to health conditions, and your doctors can provide advice regarding how you would do with an artificial limb.
Once you decide to go this route, you should work closely with a prosthetist to determine the best type of limb for you. If your activity level is lower, you might want a basic limb, which might cost $10,000 or less. However, if you are an athlete or have bigger movement goals, you might need a more advanced computerized prosthetic that is controlled by your muscle movements. These can cost $70,000 or more.
Once you get your artificial limb, you will need proper rehabilitation to learn to use it and build strength in your limb. This therapy might be ongoing depending on your situation. You will also need to replace the limb regularly, depending on the type of limb you have.
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