There are a variety of medical reasons for amputation, but having one or more of your limbs removed will most definitely have consequences on an amputee’s life. The most obvious effects will immediately be seen physically, as aspects of everyday living will need certain adjustments depending on the condition of the amputation. A person dealing with an amputation will also experience a degree of mental anguish to this very traumatizing event.
Common Effects of Amputation to the Body
An amputation will always be a great cause of concern for infection. While there is a great range on the type of amputations, one will almost always have uneven skin structure. This unevenness can cause the development of wounds, thus leading to a risk of infection that could prove detrimental to the person’s health.
Close to a hundred percent of amputees will have the sensation of a “phantom limb”. In worse cases, the patient will be able to feel pain at varying degrees; as well as itchiness, burning sensations, and twitching. The side effects of a phantom limb can be just as debilitating as the amputation itself.
For those who have undergone a lower limb amputation, the drastic change in anatomy features side effects that are much greater than that of an upper limb procedure. With additional weight giving stress to the lower extremities, the anatomy of your entire body’s muscles changes dramatically. Some muscle groups will begin to experience tightness— even getting shorter because of disuse. A type of blood-clotting called deep vein thrombosis can set on due to complete immobilization. Progressively, especially if left without treatment, the blood clot can make its way to the lungs, a life-threatening condition for the patient in most cases.
Mental Afflictions Brought About by Amputations
In most instances, the patient will need to seek professional help from a psychiatrist for assistance in coping with the amputation. This measure also prevents any mental conditions from developing into a chronic psychological disease.
One of the most impactful aspects affected by amputations to a person’s psyche is a sudden loss of self-worth and self-esteem. Amputees will most often feel the need to shut down all forms of social contact. Shame, anger, and depression can arise from isolation and untoward feelings of self-consciousness.
An amputee can also be viewed as a survivor of a traumatizing event, thus leading to post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. Feelings of depression are common during this phase, as the patient begins the process of coming to terms with missing one or more limbs.
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