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Bone Growths Pose a Serious Risk for Amputees

At Instalimb, we understand the importance of maintaining your mobility and independence as an amputee. While you diligently care for your residual limb/stump, there’s a hidden risk you should be aware of – Heterotopic Ossification (HO), or extra bone growth.

Understanding Heterotopic Ossification

HO occurs when bone develops in the soft tissues around your amputation site and joints, often due to surgical procedures where bone cells may not attach correctly.

The Issue Escalates

Initially, you may experience pain and stiffness, but over time, the bone growths become larger and harder, significantly impeding your mobility. HO typically forms around joints such as the hip, shoulder, or elbow, making it challenging to bend, sit, stand, walk, or effectively use your prosthetic.

Early Detection is Key

It’s crucial to identify HO early. Your doctor can conduct tests to detect it at an early stage. Treating HO is most effective immediately after surgery, before the extra bone growth fully develops. Treatment options may include radiation, medication, or surgical removal of small growths.

Failure to address HO promptly may necessitate major surgery later on. Therefore, staying vigilant is essential!

Stay Proactive to Maintain Mobility

While you may not be able to prevent HO entirely, you can minimize its impact by:

– Regularly inspecting your residual limb/stump

– Engaging in stretches and exercises

– Promptly reporting any issues to your doctor

– Adhering to prescribed medication

– Undergoing necessary tests

Don’t allow HO to restrict your mobility. By being vigilant for early signs and collaborating with your doctor, you can stay one step ahead!

If you’re looking for a new artificial leg, interested in free consultation, confused if your socket is the right fit, or have any other queries accordingly. This is the time to reach out to us and try a test socket free of cost. Step it up with Instalimb – Contact us today!

1 Comment
  • Registro
    8:56 AM, 24 May 2024

    Your article helped me a lot, is there any more related content? Thanks!

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