After approximately 7 to 10 days, the wound dressing and rigid/ removable rigid dressing ( Used for TT Amputations) will be removed. Compression therapy of the residual limb can commence once the sutures have been removed. The compression therapy has the following advantages:
Assists in control of swelling
As a result of controlling the swelling, it helps to decrease pain
As a result of controlling swelling, it promotes wound healing
Reduces and shapes the residual limb for ideal for prosthetic fitting
As a result the rehabilitation process speeds up.
Compression therapy can be done by the use of elastic bandages wrapped around the residual limb, by the use of silicone compression liners or Stump Shrinkers. The silicone liners and shrinkers are easier to apply and give consistent graduated compression.
The compression therapy liners and shrinkers are applied in a graduated compression therapy protocol. As the residual limbs volume and shape reduces, a smaller size compression liner or shrinker will applied.
This process is recurring until the Prosthetist is satisfied that the volume and shape of the residual limb is stable for the casting and fitting of a diagnostic socket.
Casting, Manufacture and Fitting of Diagnostic (Trail) Prosthesis
The diagnostic socket serves as a temporary prosthesis for short term use to help further shape and reduce the volume of the residual limb. The diagnostic socket also serves to identify and determine any socket fitting problems.
Fitting of Definitive Leg Prosthesis
Once the residual limb volume and shape has stabilised, the definitive prosthesis can be manufactured. The correct alignment of the diagnostic or trail prosthesis can be transferred to the definitive prosthesis.
Lower Limb Prosthetics Services
Upper Limb Prosthetics Services
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