Wounds after amputation
Amputation is an ultimate treatment measure and involves a total removal of a limb, organ or gland. The surgery is performed when all other treatment options proved ineffective or when an organ is permanently damaged as a result of trauma or disease or when the patient’s life or health is at risk.
The remaining part of a limb is an amputation stump.
Post-amputation area requires local treatment with specialist dressing, skin rehabilitation as well as the rehabilitation of the body deprived of a limb. The next therapy stage involves the preparation for the prosthesis adjustment.
Nowadays, the achievements of medicine provide possibilities to perform highly complicated surgeries, such as limb reattachment, without a loss of its functioning.
However, when a limb or a breast gland reconstruction is impossible, they can be replaced with prostheses which perfectly resemble natural organs. Silicon prostheses imitate the missing body parts such as feet or hands. Moreover, the state-of-the-art prostheses replace both the organ and its function. They are made of carbon fibre and other aerodynamic materials (also applied by NASA in spacecraft construction) and enable the amputee to move freely.