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After an above the Knee Amputation

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.


After an above the knee amputation,

it is important to care for your residual limb every day. Healthcare providers will show you how to wrap the limb and care for your skin.

Physical and occupational therapy:

A physical therapist will help you with exercises to improve your strength. You may be fitted with a prosthesis (artificial limb). It may need to be adjusted several times before it fits well. Physical therapists will also help you learn to walk with the prosthesis and with crutches. Occupational therapists will help you adjust to daily activities at home and work.

Care for your residual limb:


Wrap your residual limb:

Wrap your limb to help form it into a firm cone shape so it will fit a prosthesis. Keep the bandage on at all times except when you bathe. Rewrap the residual limb 2 to 3 times each day to keep the bandage smooth and tight. At first you will not pull the elastic bandage very tight. You will pull the bandage tighter as your wound heals. If your residual limb hurts or throbs, the bandage may be too tight. Unwrap your limb and start over. Following are directions for the figure of 8 method to wrap your residual limb:

Woolen residual limb socks:

Wear woolen residual limb socks when healthcare providers say you no longer need to wrap your residual limb. This keeps your residual limb clean and comfortable. Wash the woolen socks gently in cool water and soap to keep them from shrinking. Dry the socks flat on a towel to prevent stretching. Replace the sock if it gets torn.

For support and more information:

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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