Amputees Support Group

Amputation is the removal of a body extremity by trauma or surgery. Many have undergone amputation or have been living with a missing limb since birth. In either case, life as an amputee can be challenging. This is the place to find others going through the same experiences as an amputee. Share your thoughts, troubles, and solutions with the community.

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  • deleted_user

    Driving questions for R. Leg amps

    This question(s) is for all the right leg amputees out there1- Do you still drive a car/truck?2- Do you use your prosthesis to drive with or do you cross over with your left foot or have you had your car modified with hand controls or left foot adapter?3- Would you use or be interrested in using a foot or foot/ankle type device that mimics the foot/ankle movement of a real foot/ankle on the gas...
  • deleted_user

    how long does it take to walk again

    i just got my prosethic and im an above the knee im just going into rehab to learn how to walk and just wondering how long it takes to learn
  • Marnie2016

    Sleeping with your leg

    Hi,I am new to this, deciding on an elective amputation due to many unsuccessful surgeries on my left ankle and foot. I have heard that many people fall after getting out of bed, because they forget they do not have a leg anymore. I was wondering- have you ever slept with your leg on? I know that getting up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, I am going to forget and fall.
  • Project1

    Blister please help5

    i am getting these blisters sins I got my sucksion cub an it is burnin and sore. Can someone help please
  • biggirl

    Facing double amputation from diabeties

    Fighting to keep my legs has been ongoing for years. I have so many ulcers that will not heal,I am trying anything and everything finishing, hyperbarics now with little improvement. Drs. say its time but I cannot bring myself to do it, I need to hear from other diabetic amputees to see how they made "The Decision" to amputate. Really struggling!
  • minstan

    Trying to understand what my Dad is going through

    I saw the group online and so I decided to join to try to get some answers about what my dad is going through. He just had a full leg amputation. First our relationship is estranged for we have not spoken in about 4 years but he keeps incontact with his siblings that I am close to. I just came back from a business trip only to find out that he had the surgery but didn't let anyone know until...
  • Shellberdoo

    BK amputee - losing suction

    I have been an amputee for 9 years - hard to believe!  I am a BK amputee and feel like I'm almost always struggling with the loss of suction.  Most recently, right after seeing my prostethist everything felt great for about a month and then I lost suction.  I thought my sleeve might have tiny holes that I couldn't see so ordered a new sleeve.  To my disappointment,  I am having the same...
  • BudgieUK

    Odaban Anti-perspirant

    I am a below knee Amputee. I started using this Odaban Anti-perspirant last week. As I have a problem of excessive sweating inside of my prosthetic liner.Problem now??? Since I started using this spray which you  only use once a week! My leg has swolen up so much that I cannot get my prosthetic leg on even without any woollen socks!!!My Question is Does anyone know if Odaban Causes limbs...
  • ohaque

    Mobility Technology

    Hi all, this is a slightly different post to the usual, but I'm hoping I can get some help on this. I'm a research coordinator at the Nesta Challenge Prize Centre, we develop and run competitions that aim to focus technological innovation on particular socially-beneficial goals. We're currently working with a multinational charity to develop a US$3-4 million prize to encourage and reward...
  • macawma


    hello. I had a bka in September after a antibiotic-resistant infection in a post surgical sight got out of hand. Before this, I was in a wheel chair for about a year trying to heal. I have always been very active in my life and it came as quite a surprise that I wasn't able to get up out of my chair for about 6 weeks following the amputation. I had my first experience with the pin-lock system...
  • mhussey

    Only a month...

    Hello Everyone! I had my big toe amputated a month ago. I have really tried to stay positive during this ordeal. I have my moments especially when I have to look at it. It was a doctors error. I'm still kind of upset about the ordeal that led to the amputation. I'm really trying to let it go. Does anyone have any positive ways to get through this???
  • Hi All, I am reaching out in regard to a show I am casting that I am hoping some of you might want to be a part of. This is a new documentary style series that will follow a group of women as they hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Inspired by the book/movie "Wild" we are looking for women who need to step out of their day-to-day lives to gain clarity or heal. We hope to follow as this group...
  • azul

    What just happened?

    Hi,   So... Back in March of 2016 I had a craptaculer accident where a man hit me on the interstate causing my vehicule to rollover 4 times. I remember the entire thing up until the hospital emergency room.  My heart stopped 4 times, 7 broken ribs, punctured lung, broken big toe lol, my left arm was originally degloved and shattered. An infection required the amputation.I awake a month later...
  • Muzzi.L

    To amputate or not to amputate?

    8 years ago I was involved in an MBA that left me with 3cm shortening on my left tibia as a result of osteomyelitis. Infact my right fibula was grafted, replacing the left tibia. The shortening has caused many other problems, over extension of the left knee, strain and pain on right hip, lower back, altered gait etc. I already have nerve damage on the left leg (the shorter one) compromised...
  • paulahh

    Receiving my BTK prosthesis tomorrow. Advice?

    I would like to hear your advice tips and general comments based on your experiences. I am a Type II Diabetic. Amputation was almost 8 months ago. Stump would not heal and required a second surgery (I&D) back in April to facilitate healing.