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Preparing for a Prosthesis: What are Shrinkers?

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  The sutures or staples have come out, and the surgical wound has healed. Now you can begin to prepare your residual limb for a prosthesis. So what’s the next step? Shrinkers! Shrinkers are often elastic, nylon-like socks that cover the residual limb helping to control swelling, promote healing and assist in reshaping the leg.  Available… Read more »

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Taking Care of Your Residual Limb

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  Post-surgery, you will be taught how to properly care for your residual limb. This is the part of your limb that remains after amputation. Proper residual limb care and prosthetic device maintenance are essential to your health and mobility. Without it, you risk the limb’s skin becoming rough, scaly, and infected. Follow our tips… Read more »

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Amputee Support Groups

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    We believe that support is the key to a successful journey with your new life as an amputee. While amputation is a life-changing event, it is not a life-ending event. You will be able to get back to your normal life, you just might change in the way you do things. Losing a… Read more »

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Everything You Need to Know About Shrinkers

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Once your surgical wound has healed, the journey begins to prepare your residual limb for a prosthesis. Today we’re talking all about prosthetic shrinkers, which play a huge role in getting you ready for your prosthesis. Read for more information about shrinkers and their purpose, application, wearing schedule, and maintenance.  What are shrinkers? Prosthetic shrinkers… Read more »

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Positioning Your Limb After Surgery

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After a leg amputation, it is very important to keep your residual limb positioned correctly to prevent complications such as muscle contractures, to maintain a full range of motion in your remaining joints, and to promote healthy blood circulation. There are two recommended positions post-surgery: straight and elevated. As a general guideline, your residual limb should never… Read more »

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Seven Foot Care Tips

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In some cases, amputation is preventable. If you have diabetes or you are easily prone to infection, proper foot care can make all the difference. Check out these tips on caring for your feet.  Inspect your feet every day, and seek care early if you do get a foot injury. Make sure your health care… Read more »

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Limb Loss and Your Emotions

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Limb loss is both a physical and emotional adjustment. Amputation is a life changing event, but not a life ending event. You will be able to get back to your normal life, just might change in the way you do things. Limb loss may change your emotions for a time, but you will come back… Read more »

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Get to Know the 7 Members of Your Recovery Team

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Losing a limb is a life changing event – and while it is never easy, it does not mean you have to lose your independence.  To help you recover smoothly, Innovative Prosthetics utilizes the entire healthcare team to develop a personalized plan specific to each patient’s needs. We believe in a team-oriented approach to ensure… Read more »

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Phantom Pain: The Problem and Prevention

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The Problem    What is Phantom Pain? Understanding it will help you better prepare for any symptoms or support your loved ones on their post-amputation journey.  Phantom pain is a term used to describe sensations felt by amputees, which may include: burning, tingling, itching, cramping, “pins-and-needles” sensation, stabbing pain, pressure or limb feeling swollen. These… Read more »

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Life After Limb Loss: The 7 Phases of Rehabilitation

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  The process of physical rehabilitation with a prosthesis or limb loss is often described as having seven phases. While certain phases include standardized milestones, not everyone has the same milestones or goes through the same phases. For example, individuals who lose a limb due to an accident usually do not have a pre-operative phase… Read more »

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