Compression therapy is a necessary procedure that takes place immediately after amputation. It is the process of reducing the swelling in the residual limb, so that scar tissue heals faster and fitting prostheses is easier. The process includes applying pressure over a large portion of the residual limb with the aid of elastic bandages, compression garments and other aids.
Swelling in the residual limb is very common, and it generally stays that way for about a week. If the swelling is not taken care of, it takes longer for the surgical scar to heal, and so it would delay the prosthetic fitting. We take care of these problems for you. We provide customised compression aids that help by reducing swelling helping heal the scar tissue, and moulding the residual limb properly so that fitting a prosthetic would be easy. Compression therapy also reduces post operative pain and helps with blood circulation in the residual limb.
The kind of compression aid used to help with the swelling depends on the kind of amputation and surgery that has taken place. CPO evaluates your condition and only then fits you with the right compression aid, so that you have a painless and fast recovery.