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Choosing a prosthetist and what to expect during the making of your prosthesis


Wayne Derman etch 2"The goal of the reintegration phase is to regain your mobility and restore your independence to a level as close as possible to what it was before amputation."

- Prof Wayne Derman

When you undergo amputation surgery, you are profoundly challenged at every level of your being – physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The indisputable fact is that your limb is permanently gone. How you respond to that reality depends on whether or not you give in to despair, and will determine whether you grow as a human being and heighten your appreciation of living. 

The challenges you face are obvious, but the opportunities to grow in the face of adversity are just as dramatic. We hope that the information posted here on this site will answer some factual and practical questions about limb loss, but also inspired you to find positive meaning in your experience.

The real challenges that accompany the loss of your limb cannot be made to disappear, but, through rehabilitation, their negative effects can be minimised. The word “rehabilitate” means “restore”. After surgery, your rehabilitation goal should be to restore your body, mind and spirit.