Swelling or Phantom Limb Sensation

Swelling (Oedema)

Swelling of your residual limb (stump) will occur after amputation but this will gradually reduce and your leg may continue to shrink for many months.

Swelling may be kept under control by elevating your stump and the use of a compression sock (shrinker).

A member of the clinical team will advise you how and when to wear your compression sock.

Phantom Limb Sensation

Phantom limb sensation is an extremely common occurrence. It can be a painful or non painful feeling where the limb is not present.

Although the body has lost a limb, the brain still has the old geography (map) wired in and therefore it still transmits pain signals.

If you are experiencing phantom limb sensations, please discuss this with the clinical team.