Patient Perspective

Patient Perspective – We know that any ordeal that involves the need of a prosthetic device is a stressful situation and one that no one really wants. So it is important that you feel comfortable with what we can do at MOP to help ease this transition. Our goal is to restore individuals to their former capacity or to the highest level of function possible.

Patient PerspectiveWe believe that information is power and therefore, have created this section especially for you, the patient. We will continue to add helpful articles and information to empower you as you strive to reach the highest level of function possible. This also includes not just physical function, but also mental, emotional and spiritual function. If you have any suggestions or recommendations you would like to share with us and the rest of our patients, please email mesaoffice@mccleveop.com

Here are a few tips from the Amputee Coalition of America on the patient perspective.

Dealing with Healthcare Professionals

  • If you have any questions or concerns about your prosthetic device, we encourage you to call your prosthetist. He or she can often tell you what is normal or abnormal and reduce  your concerns.
  • Write down any questions or concerns and share them the next time you meet with your prosthetist. If you fall it is an urgent matter, please contact them immediately. Don’t wait if you have pain.
  • Only you know how you are feeling. If your limb feels uncomfortable, you are encouraged to push your prosthetist to check and re-check your socket until you get a comfortable fit.
  • Your primary doctor and your posthetist should deal with any wounds on your limb promptly.
  • If an explanation or advice does not make sense to you, feel free to get a second opinion.

Phases of Recovery

PHASECHARACTERISTICSTHOUGHTS & FEELINGS IN THIS PHASE

Enduring Surviving amputation surgery and the pain that follows Hanging on; focusing on present to get through the pain; blocking out distress about the future; self protection
Suffering Questioning: Why me? How will I? Intense feelings about the loss; fear, denial, anger, depression; vulnerable and confused; return to enduring stage; emotional anguish about the loss of self adds to the pain
Reckoning Becoming aware of the new reality Coming to terms with the extent of the loss; accepting what is left after the loss; implications of the loss for future- how will roles change; ongoing process; minimizing one’s own losses in comparison to other’s losses
Reconciling Putting the loss into perspective Regaining control; increased awareness of one’s strengths and uniqueness; more assertive; taking control of one’s life; self-management of illness and recovery; changed body image; need for intimacy
Normalizing Reordering priorities Bringing balances to one’s life; establishing and maintaining new routines; once again, doing things that matter; allowing priorities other than the loss to dominate; advocating for self
Thriving Living life to the fullest Being more than before; trusting self and others; confidence; being a role model to others; this level of recovery is not attained by everyone

This is a life-altering change that is not easy to handle on your own. At MOP, we want to make sure you get the best care for top professionals and that you get all the information you need. That is why we have included more resources below with websites available for you to peruse and study. It is more than just care, it is total care. And that is MOP provides every time.

More Resources:

American Psychiatric Association

www.healthyminds.org

American Trauma Society

www.amtrauma.org

Anxiety Disorders Association of America

www.adaa.org

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

www.ncptsd.va.gov

National Limb Loss Information Center

www.amputee-coalition.org

National Mental Health Association

www.nmha.org

National Amputation Foundation

www.nationalamputation.org

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