After surgery, potential complications include infection, pain, muscle weakness and edema (swelling).
Applying cold compresses is the most common treatment for swellings. This helps reduce the size of blood vessels around the amputation. It also reduces the pooling of fluid in the injured tissue outside the blood vessels.
The risk with post-surgery swellings is that the skin may break, leading to infection of the wound. While the wound is still fresh, cold compressions are advised as a preventive measure.
Pain management is also necessary. Most amputees also experience phantom pain that feels like it’s from the missing limb. Again, the best treatment seems to be cold compresses, but your doctor will advise.
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