More info on amputation please?
October 29, 2012 9:31 AM Subscribe
Practical advice on lower leg amputation? IKYANMD
posted by Jayed to Health & Fitness (15 answers total)
My 17 year old nephew had a compound fracture of both his tibia and fibula last week, he was hit on the outside of his right legs and the bone was pushed through the inside. This occurred during a high school football game, they were able to repair the inner muscle and bones, but the outer muscle was badly damaged. The kid has had 5 surgeries thus far and with every surgery they have to remove more and more dead tissue and infection, they have decided that they are now unable to save the leg and will be amputating below the knee first thing tomorrow.
OK, enough back history, during their discussion with the doctors there were a lot of tears and some of the questions they have were forgotten. I was just wondering if any of you could give me VALID website information for some of the bigger questions like:
How long does it take the amputation site to heal?
How long before a prothetic is fitted?
How long does it take to get back to your life after an amputation?
I know all of the answers would be ballpark due to everyone being and healing different, I'd just like to know where to start.
Also if you know of any books on either dealing with an amputation or helping someone recover after amputation I'd appreciate the info. I have already done a MeFy search and found lots of inspirational stories that I will print out and take to him, but additional books or movie ideas would be welcomed as well.
Thanks in advance,