Do not use your limb until your doctor tells you it is OK. This will be at least 2 weeks or longer after your surgery. Do not put any weight at all on your wound. Do not even touch it to the ground, unless your doctor says so. Do not drive.
Keep the wound clean and dry. Do not take a bath, soak your wound, or swim. If your doctor says you can, clean the wound gently with mild soap. Do not rub the wound. Only allow water to flow gently over it.
After your wound heals, keep it open to the air unless your doctor or nurse tells you something different. After dressings have been removed, wash your stump with mild soap and water every day. Do not soak it. Dry it well.
Inspect your limb every day. Use a mirror if it is hard for you to see all around it. Look for any red areas or dirt.
Wear your elastic bandage or shrinker sock on the stump all the time. If you are using an elastic bandage, rewrap it every 2 to 4 hours. Make sure there are no creases in it. Wear your stump protector whenever you are out of bed.
Ask your doctor or nurse for help with pain. Two things that may help include:
- Tapping along the scar and in small circles along the stump, if it is not painful
- Rubbing the scar and stump gently with linen or soft cotton
Practice transfers at home.
- Go from your bed to a chair, your wheelchair, or the toilet.
- Go from a chair to your wheelchair.
- Go from your wheelchair to the toilet.
If you use a walker, stay as active as you can with it.
Keep your stump at or above the level of your heart when you are lying down. When you are sitting, do not cross your legs. It can stop the blood flow to your stump.