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  1. Hello All, Basset Here,

    You definitely have the right attitude to move forward and do well. If you don't have a stump shrinker you should get one as it will help decrease the swelling and help shape the residual leg to make fitting a socket easier. Researching suspension systems and feet/ankles is the right way to go. Prosthetists each have their favorites but each amputee is different so learning as much as you can and being your own advocate will give you the best results. I am a left BKA due to a motorcycle accident (6 years ago) but mine was pretty much amputated at the scene which simplified everything I guess. My husband also is a left BKA from the same accident but his leg was removed a couple of days later. We each use different suspension systems and have different feet based on our own preferences and needs. You should be up on your "feet" soon. The first year or two is pretty much constant fittings and new sockets as your leg shrinks and changes shape so don't get discouraged. Eventually it will all calm down. I am hoping it all goes well for you.
  2. New ERTL amputee

    Hi. I am a left BK amputee too. It's been just over 6 years now. I am doing well. Sorry to hear about your fall but I know that rehab will be very helpful to improve your strength and balance. Hopefully you'll get a leg soon and start learning to walk again. I'm sure you have a lot of questions (and will have many more in the first year or so) and I know you can find many of the answers here. Best wishes.
  3. I live in the US and have only been a left BKA for 3 1/2 years. Although the trend may be toward TSB sockets a good prosthetist should be able to make you a PTB, or any other type you know of and would be successful in. I don't believe that TSB sockets include weight bearing on the end of the stump unless you have an Ertl procedure done. There should be minimal room at the bottom and maybe just touching of soft tissue but no weight bearing on the ends of the bones. If you are sliding down into your socket too far then the socket doesn't fit you correctly. I wear a passive suction with the 5 ring seal in liner by Ossur. I love it and I don't bear any weight on the end of my stump. Can you go to someone else who might listen better to what you are saying?
  4. Able-bodied ignorance....

    I get that it is tiresome to be stared at and asked over and over about your leg but most of us were able bodied at one time. Unless someone makes an unkind comment or is flat out rude I just smile and say hello to the ones staring and give a short but honest answer to the ones with questions. Most people mean well.
  5. I don't think there is anything wrong with using a wheelchair or a walker or crutches. I have all 3 and find that around my house, before I put my leg on in the morning and after I take it off at night, I mainly use the wheelchair. The walker is second for getting in and out of the shower and the crutches mostly stand by themselves in a corner. The reason for me is simple - function. The wheelchair is faster and safer and I can carry things when I use it. The walker is stable and I value that when showering. If I did a lot of walking without my leg on then crutches would be the better choice for speed and overall efficiency. It is all about mobility and what works for you.
  6. Okay. As a physical therapist I have to say that using crutches is not hopping. It is a very controlled movement using your arms to take the place of weight bearing (partial or full) of a leg. As a left BKA sometimes I hop a few feet when in a pinch but mostly I don't because I want to avoid overuse or injury to my right leg.