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Lower Limb Prosthesis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

A lower limb prosthesis is a device made to replace all or part of your leg or foot. A lower limb prosthesis is made for your height, weight, and type or level of activity. All types include a foot and socket. The socket is the part of the prosthesis that connects to your stump (the end of your lower limb).

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your healthcare provider or specialist as directed:

You may need to return to have the fit of your prosthesis checked and adjusted. Never try to fix or adjust your prosthesis on your own. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Check your stump daily: Look for redness, blisters, soreness, or swelling. If you see any of these changes, stop using your prosthesis and contact your healthcare provider right away. Stop using the prosthesis and contact your healthcare provider if it causes pain.
  • Clean inside the socket daily: You may use a damp soapy cloth to remove sweat and dirt, then a clean damp cloth to remove the soap. Dry the socket well with a dry cloth.
  • Wear your prosthesis as directed: You may need to wear your prosthesis all the time during the first few months after you get it.

Contact your healthcare provider or specialist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have problems using your prosthesis, such as moving, walking, or running.
  • You have trouble attaching or removing your prosthesis.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have pain or swelling around your stump, especially after using your prosthesis.
  • You have trouble breathing all of a sudden.
  • Your prosthesis gets damaged.
  • Your skin on the stump turns blue or white or it feels cold, numb, or tingly.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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