Whether through trauma, disease, or other circumstances, the loss of a limb or use of a limb is a life-altering event. Patients experience a broad range of emotions including grief, blame, self-doubt, and depression. The recovery process can also offer many challenges as patients manage post-surgery pain and relearn daily living activities such as getting out of bed, personal hygiene and grooming, and household chores. The experienced Premier Point team can help.
The Premier Point Approach
Our nurses, occupational therapists, and physical therapists have extensive experience working with complex amputation cases, and work as team with referring physicians and the prosthetist, when applicable, to develop customized medical care and therapy plans that address pain and proper wound healing, prevent muscle weakness, contracture, and other immobility-related problems, and help the patient to establish a new normal, healthy, and active lifestyle. Our coordinated medical care and therapy plans include:
- Closely monitoring the wound for signs of infection, scrapes, cuts, sores or any other abnormalities that could compromise the healing process
- Monitoring swelling, fluid build-up, and indicators of poor circulation; administrating medications; and helping the patient to manage post-surgery phantom pain
- Teaching the patient desensitizing techniques to loosen any scar tissue that might have developed
- Teaching the patient how to manage bathing, shaving, toileting, dressing, hair care, oral care, and other daily living activities
- Teaching family members and caregivers how to maintain a supportive role without enabling patient inactivity
- Teaching lower limb amputee patients to walk on different terrains, climb stairs, enter and exit a vehicle and other coping skills to support independence
- Teaching upper limb amputee patients to safely manage various objects, prepare meals, and perform job-related tasks
- Coordinating with a medical social worker to assess the home environment, and secure community-available support for adaptive tools and home modifications; identify referrals for crisis intervention, if necessary, and assist with long-term planning.