There are various manuals available that provide consumers with general post-surgical and prosthetic rehabilitation information.

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, Inc. (AAOP) published a booklet for educational purposes, written by Jack E. Uellendahl, CPO. There are two booklets available, one for below the knee amputees, and another for above the knee amputees. The booklets can be obtained by contacting the AAOP at 703-836-0788, or

Manual: Above the Knee Amputees

Manual: Below the Knee Amputees

Home Safety Instructions

When you return home after your amputation, you may find that it is much more difficult to move around your house than prior to your surgery. This may be due to pain, impaired balance, decreased endurance or use of a mobility device (i.e., a wheelchair, walker, cane, etc.). Here are a few basic suggestions to promote safety and independence in your home:

  • Always have walkways, both indoors and out, well lit motion sensor lights, nightlights and “Clapper” lights are just a few ways to make turning lights on and off easier.
  • Keep all walkways clear of any clutter, electrical wires, throw rugs, furniture and household decorations to reduce the risk of trips and falls.
  • Always use mobility devices (crutches, canes, etc.) specifically as shown by a medical professional. DO NOT try to walk around your home holding on to furniture or walls.
  • When choosing a chair to sit on, choose a sturdy, firm chair with armrests and without wheels such as a dining room chair. Do not sit on low or very soft sofas or chairs since they may be very difficult to rise from.
  • Special bathroom safety equipment (commode chair, shower chair, hand held shower hose, etc.) may be ordered for you. Be sure to use them as you were trained. This is very important to reduce the risk of falls in the bathroom. If necessary, be sure to have the assistance of a family member or caregiver.
  • Prior to discharge from the hospital or rehabilitation center, it is helpful to measure the width of your walker and wheelchair as well as the doorways in your home to be sure that you and your mobility devices can move throughout your home.

The suggestions above are only basic home safety tips. Never hesitate to ask for help from a professional or member of the Florida Amputee Support Team.

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