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The Immediate/Early Post Operative Rehabilitation
Professionals overtime have canvassed for the immediate or early rehabilitation of amputees for better reintegration into the society. The Physiological and Psychological impact of regaining limb function using artificial devices has proven effective over the last few decades.
In developed countries, the use of this technique within 24hours - 2weeks after surgery is been assiduously implemented. The patient is fit with a temporary Prosthesis for partial weight bearing, which he or she uses with assisted support for better stump healing and not loose limb activity functions.
The device could either be made of soft reheatable plastics and/or Plaster of Paris with a pylon and foot. This enable partial slow progressive movements which the patient learns over time and gets used to. It is however said to be the best preparatory method for complete and functional rehabilitation.
However, I'm developing countries, the practice is poor or inexistent. A study was carried out in Nigeria to check the level of implementation and the results proved that the practice is relatively poor in Africa at large as well as the lack of the basic skills.
The importance of the IPOP/EPOP cannot be overemphasized. Some of the benefits include:
- Reduced Oedema and Swelling
- Cost effective and functional rehabilitation
- Speedy reintegration into the community
- Reduced hospital stay and visits
- Prevents scars and bruises to the stump
- Psychological benefits.
For more, visit www.crsghana.com
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