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Rehabilitation

After surgery, the patient experiences considerable pain at the site of the operation. Pain-killers are provided based on the severity of the pain reported. Before discharge from hospital, patient is trained on some physiotherapeutic exercises to prevent blood clots and for facilitation of blood supply. A compression shrinker sock is applied as corrective measure for swelling and shape of the stump. The sock also assists in reducing phantom pain. This is to be worn daily but not while going to bed. The patient might be shifted to a rehabilitation hospital or ward once the surgical requirements are no longer required. Ideally, the accessibility of the home environment is checked by an occupational therapist so as to advise aids required. Several months might be required before a prosthetic limb is fitted. Movement could be ensured by a wheelchair. A modified diet chart is advised to cope with the requirement of extra energy while using prosthetic limb. Follow-up visits to the specialized medical consultant for reviewing the condition are mandatory. The application of the prosthetic limb is preceded by a desensitisation process of the skin covering the stump.
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