Keep your wound clean and dry unless your doctor or nurse tells you it is OK to get it wet. Clean the area around the wound gently with mild soap and water. Do not rub the incision. Allow water to flow gently over it. Do not take a bath or swim.
After your wound is healed, keep it open to the air unless a doctor or nurse tells you something different. After dressings have been removed, wash your stump daily with mild soap and water. Do not soak it. Dry it well.
Inspect your stump everyday. 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 all the time. 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 are:
- Tapping along the scar and in small circles along the stump, if that is not painful
- Rubbing the scar and stump gently with linen or soft cotton
Lie on your stomach 3 or 4 times a day for about 20 minutes. This will stretch out your hip muscle. If you had a below-the-knee amputation, you may put a pillow behind your calf to help straighten your knee.
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.
Stay as active with your walker as you can.
Ask your doctor or nurse for advice about how to avoid constipation.