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Patients Experience After Lower Limb Amputation

Marija Zrim
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Kaja Slana
Alma Mater Europaea - ECM
Slovenia

Introduction: Lower limb amputation is a condition of disability that causes changes in important areas of life, with a high post-operative mortality. Amputations are projected to double by 2050. Most patients become apathetic and altered after amputation.Research methodology: We used a quantitative methodology. The survey was carried out in May and June 2021 using a modified questionnaire. The participants were 25 high school- level nurses and graduate nurses in the field of vascular surgery. Results: Lower limb amputation is not age-related; the main cause remains vascular. Nurses are aware of the patient's daily concern about physical appearance and the resulting anxiety. Additionally, they do not observe them smiling, positive and cheerful, and do not conceptualise them as optimistic. Nurses pay more attention to the pre-operative process. Discussion and conclusion: The aim should be to have a good partnership with the patient. With good knowledgeability, amputation can be presented as a valuable treatment option and post-operative anxiety can be reduced. We demonstrate that lower limb amputation represents a change in physical, psychological and social functioning, and therefore these components are a major concern in the post-operative period.

 

 


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