Can I wear my prosthesis in bed?
We advise you to remove the prosthesis overnight as you may damage your residual limb or other leg. If removed your skin can rest, the stump can be washed and dried and you can check there has been no rubbing while you have been wearing it. The socket of your artificial limb can also be cleaned after use.
What will I be able to do with my prosthetic arm?
Your prosthesis will either be purely cosmetic or have a detachable hand which can be exchanged with numerous specialist and functional devices. The method of opening and closing a hand or tool will vary either using straps or incorporating a battery to power a motor in the hand.
How long can I wear my prosthesis for?
Everyone’s tolerance varies. You will have a structured programme initially to increase your wear pattern, but over time and with practice you will become more familiar with what your limits are.
My skin goes red when I wear my prosthesis, is this OK?
Certain areas of your socket will produce more pressure than other areas and will tend to redden with use. This redness should go away within 20 minutes when the limb is removed. If the redness persists or is itchy, contact your GP or the Rehabilitation Centre for advice.
Why are the bones in my residual limb becoming more prominent?
Initially your limb will be swollen, however as the fluid reduces your bones will start to show more. In addition, the muscles that used to move your lower leg begin to reduce through lack of use which makes the bones appear to be more prominent. It is not usually a problem.
Can I drive with my artificial limb?
You will need to contact the DVLA and you may need to make adaptations to your car. Ask at your Rehabilitation Centre for more specific advice.
Will my prosthetic leg look like my own?
The prosthesis is generally covered with foam which is shaped to match your remaining limb. It is not always possible to match the size as your residuum is still swollen plus it is then encased with one or more layers of the socket. A silicone or fabric cover can then be added over the foam.
Will my prosthetic arm look natural?
Your prosthesis will not hang completely straight due to the suspension required. There are various movements you can perform for the arm to rest in a natural position, for example when you sit down. Essentially the more you wear the arm, the more natural your movements will become.
* As every patient's needs are unique please ensure you follow the advice and instructions provided to you by your prosthetist and care provider.