After a severe work injury that results in an amputation, injured workers are left to pick up the pieces.   There is a lot of information out there on a person’s physical recovery but not a lot on dealing with the mental and emotional toll that an amputation can take a patient.

I found some great insight from the website www.amputee-coalition.org for injured workers to review and help gauge where they are in the mental recovery process.  These topics would be ideal to discuss with your doctor, a family member, or a counselor.

Signs of Recovery from an Amputation:

  • A sense of balance in emotions and relationships
  • Awareness of abilities and limitations
  • Positive self-concept and a sense of accomplishment
  • Ability to get around in the environment
  • Participation in social, vocational, and/or recreational activities
  • Setting priorities
  • Recovery is a tall order for anyone, with or without limb loss!
  • Whatever recovery means to you
(Source: www.amputee-coalition.org)

Take time to learn what makes everyone’s recovery different.

  • Determine your personal goals.
  • Ask for help when you need it.
  • There are many issues that affect recovery from amputation.

Four Categories of Amputation Recovery Issues:

1. Issues related to the amputation

  • Whether the amputation was sudden or due to a chronic, debilitating illness
  • The level of the amputation
  • Whether the amputation surgery was successful in stabilizing the condition that caused it
  • How the day-to-day ability to function will be affected

2. Individual characteristics

  • Age or health status. Obviously, the older you are, the greater the chance that you have other conditions (known as comorbid conditions) that could impact your recovery.
  • Current stage of life
  • Financial status
  • Ethnic background

3. Personality traits

  • Coping strategies used before the surgery
  • Sense of control over the situation
  • Attitudes toward health and sickness
  • Self-concept and body image
  • Experience coping with other similar losses

4. Characteristics of the physical and social environment

  • Availability of a support system, such as family, friends or a support group
  • Availability of appropriate medical care
  • Accessibility of services in the community
  • Living arrangements
  • How other people view limb loss

At the Injured Workers Law Firm, we want to make sure you receive the benefits you deserve, contact us!