Where do I find an amputee support group?

QUESTION:

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I am an amputee looking for a group of amputees to share information about activities and common interests and issues. Is there such a group?

Robin T.

ANSWER:

Robin,

What you are looking for is an Amputee Support Group. There are several in the Maryland area and one of these might be convenient for you to attend. Support groups often host speakers on a variety of topics, and of course provide a forum for group members to ask questions, share ideas and socialize!

Support Groups:
Easton Amputee Support Group click on this link to find out more. This group meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 3:30pm - 4:30pm.

MedStar Good Samaritan Amputee Support Group click on this link to find out more. This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, 1:30pm - 3:00pm.

Sinai Rehabilitation Amputee Support Group click on this link to find out more. This group meets on the second Tuesday of the month, 1:00pm - 3:00pm.

University of Maryland Rehabilitation Amputee Support Group click on this link to find out more. This group meets on the third Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm - 8:00 pm.

Johns Hopkins Amputee Support Group - this is the newest group and doesn’t have a website yet. They had their first meeting Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Future meetings will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Meyer 2-109 (Meyer 2 Psych Gym), prior to the Downtown Multi-Disciplinary Amputee and P&O Clinic from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

You can find additional information about support groups on the Amputee Coalition’s website by clicking here. If you are interesting in starting a support group, you can also find that information on the AC website.

Many amputees find that participating in a support group is very rewarding!

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How do I travel with my prosthesis?

QUESTION:

I am a fairly new amputee and plan to take several trips this summer.  What should I know about traveling with a prosthesis?

Melissa C.

ANSWER:

Melissa,

Here are a few tips regarding the most commonly asked questions in terms of summer travel.

Sweat

Many prosthesis wearers find sweat in the summer months to be a frequent concern.  One way to help battle the sweat is to use an antiperspirant on your limb (e.g. Certain Dri has a roll-on version).  With antiperspirants, it is best to apply them at night so they have time to absorb into your skin.  Consistent use of them will also aid in decreasing your sweating over time.  Also, as you sweat, your limb could shrink in size over the day.  It may seem counterintuitive, but putting on extra prosthetic socks could help improve your comfort by tightening up the fit of the prosthesis to reduce pistoning and keep it more tightly secured on your limb.  It is also a good idea to take the prosthesis off a couple of times during the day to let your limb air out, and it would give you a chance to rinse out (using warm water and gentle soap) and towel dry your gel liner, or wipe off your sleeve.

Beach

Taking your prosthesis on the beach?  You may want to consider protecting the components by wrapping any exposed components with clear plastic wrap, or even better – using a waterproof cast sock (such as Xerosox).  If your prosthesis does get wet with salt or chlorinated water, rinse it with fresh water and then dry it completely with a towel.

Airplane 

If you are traveling by air, TSA has some rules for traveling with prostheses and other medical devices. Before you head to the airport, review TSA’s rules so you don't get any surprises at security!  Check here for traveling with prostheses and other medical devices:  https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures?field_disability_type_value=6%20

You can print out and fill in a TSA disability notification card to have ready to show the security officer, in order to help avoid unwanted delays:  https://www.tsa.gov/sites/default/files/disability_notification_card_508.pdf

Car

For those long car rides, you may be more comfortable taking your prosthesis off completely.  Never store your prosthesis in a hot car.

Prosthesis maintenance

Do a visual inspection of your prosthesis before you leave.  See any crack or tears in the liner or sleeve?  Feel any excessive motion or loose parts?  Or hear any strange sounds?  It is recommended that you schedule a routine maintenance check of your prosthesis before your vacation, to help prevent any problems that may occur while you are away.  If you have any concerns about your prosthesis following your trip, that is also a good time for a check-in with your prosthetist.

Thanks for your question! - Angie Bryl, CPO

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