WARNING! Injury Photo…


WARNING! Injury Photo…

27/09/12

I have posted this photo to answer questions that other amputees have asked and I want to help as much as I can.

Many people have asked me, what does your injury look like? Is it like mine? How long will it take to heal? Do you have any bones sticking out? Does it hurt? When will I be able to walk again?

THIS IS A WARNING – BELOW IS A PHOTO OF MY INJURY

IF YOU ARE EASILY UPSET DO NOT SCROLL DOWN!

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This is a picture of the top of my left thigh; it has had a skin graft over bare muscle. As you can see I’m missing the layer of fat and layers of skin you may still have. I also don’t have any pores or hair so when I get hot my leg just feels warm.
It’s been 5 months since my accident and believe it or not, this has greatly improved. The skin colour is slowly going to more pale pink whereas before it looked like a beef burger. It is still sensitive, a bit like if someone strokes the underside of your foot, but not painful. Those lines you can see are veins under the skin, that’s how thin the skin is but it will thicken with time and fade. Also the skin on the left top is still swollen and I have very poor sensation in it which again will go down in time. (E45 is a god send, use it day and night – it makes your skin nice and flat)

To answer your questions:
1) How long will it take to heal?
Well my leg isn’t going to grow back, but the scarring will fade. I have a scold on my chest with a skin graft which happened when I was 1 year old I’m now 33 and it is nearly flat and fading, just looks like a rash in hot weather. So 5 to 10 years to really start to fade.
2) Do you have bones sticking out?
When they took off my knee, they had to saw down the thigh bone so that my muscle could be folded over to cover my bone. So on the top, at the right end edge, my bone is close to the surface and feels like your elbow under your skin. Except mine is under a thin layer of muscle. Unfortunately when I put on my prosthesis it can rub and sometime make a crunching feeling. I guess this will settle down with time.
3) When will I be able to walk again?
My accident was 5 months ago, since then I have gone from a PAM aid to a starter prosthetic leg. It still needs tweaking and rubs in private areas but I am able to walk (with sticks) only short distances. I will build this up and once the prosthetic is comfortable I will be able to do a lot more. If you still have your knee and you haven’t had any complications with surgery then I have seen people get their prosthetic and they are walking without sticks within 3 months! So it’s all down to you really.

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