FAQs from amputees

After an amputation, you could be left uncertain about how to go about life. Here are answers to some of the frequently asked questions from amputees For any new amputee, the event of losing a limb is in itself a very traumatic experience. It immediately raises hundreds of questions and...

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On his way to Tokyo

Meet Jarryd Solomons, a kind, soft-spoken, active individual. He is a student, an athlete and an amputee. mputees on the athletics field are not news any more. As exemplified by Samkelo Radebe, it’s quite obvious that amputees are able to compete in the athletics arena with times of some of...

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Losing your mind about losing a limb

Xenomelia, or foreign limb syndrome, is a condition where an otherwise healthy person has the dysphoric feeling that one of their limbs does not belong to them. This condition is also characterised by the intense desire to amputate the healthy limb. I’m sure many of us sometimes stare at ourselves...

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No Kidding

Being a parent is hard enough, but being a parent to a child amputee is a whole new challenge. Here are some pointers for parents As prosthetists, our expertise lies in treating patients who have lost a limb. Often we are faced with parents who are in just as much...

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Dead weight

There are various ways to deal with disabling physical trauma to an arm. An injury to where the primary nerves of the arm have been severed results in a condition known as a ‘flail arm’. It’s a complete lack of mobility and sensation of the arm. An injury that causes...

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Life over limb

Deciding whether to amputate a limb is very traumatic, but when the choice between life and limb arises, the decision usually makes itself. Heinrich GRIMSEHL reports. One of our most energetic patients, Lynn Bepat, is a bilateral below-knee amputee and thankful to be alive. Early in 2012 she consulted doctors...

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