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What happens in the weeks immediately following the amputation?

The weeks immediately afterwards
What happens in the weeks immediately following the amputation?
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What do I need to know about healing wounds?

The weeks immediately afterwards
What do I need to know about healing wounds?
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What do I need to know about healing wounds?

Residual limb compression following a partial foot amputation

Time is the great healer

Even after an operation like an amputation, the human body is able to heal the wound. Admittedly, this may take some time.

Your patience will be rewarded

Throughout the wound healing process, your progress will be continuously monitored by professionals. After the partial foot amputation, you'll have to stay in bed at first and keep the foot elevated so that blood can easily flow back to the heart. Blood and lymph accumulate in the wound as a result of the operation and must be gradually resorbed.

An elastic bandage promotes this resorption of fluid. It can apply even pressure (compression) without pulling on the wound (which would impair healing). Every day, your bandage is changed and the wound is examined for inflammation and congestion. The bandages have another important job: they shape the residual limb so that it will later be capable of bearing weight.

Nor should you forget that a partial foot amputation is a major operation, resulting in a serious wound. It can take weeks or even months for it to heal completely. The healing process may not progress smoothly; in fact, complications are not unusual among diabetic patients. Diabetic foot, the reason for amputation among diabetics, simultaneously impairs wound healing. Time is the most crucial factor in this phase.