When should I start using a stump shrinker?
You will begin wearing a shrinker when healing of the incision is well underway. They are worn at night time and any time when the prosthesis is not being used. If you are not wearing a prosthesis, the shrinker should be worn both day and night with the exception of two 20 minute breaks, if desired.
How long do you wear a stump shrinker?
six to twelve months
Shrinkers should last six to twelve months if cared for properly. Weight gain, weight loss or a natural decrease in the size of the residual limb due to muscular changes may mean a smaller or larger sized shrinker is required.
What is the purpose of a stump shrinker?
Shrinkers are used to reduce, prevent or control swelling (edema) in the below knee residual limb. They are designed to fit snugly and apply pressure to the soft tissues of the stump. The shrinker can be applied over dressings as necessary.
How do you measure for a stump shrinker?
Measure the circumference along three areas of your limb. First begin measuring the circumference 6 inches above your knee cap. Second measure the circumference around the middle of your knee cap. And last, measure the circumference 2 inches (5cm) up from end of your residual limb.
What is an AmpuShield?
Based on patient feedback, we at Hanger Clinic developed a special type of RRD, called the AmpuShield®. This adjustable, removable device is often worn over a transparent silicone liner. The benefits of using RRDs are that they help: Prevent your knee from bending. Manage and reduce post-operative swelling.
How do you use a shrinker sock?
Gently lay the sock on the limb as the tube is slid upwards towards the thigh. Take care there that there are no wrinkles. 4) Wear the shrinker sock at all times if possible. Remove and inspect your skin every (4) hours.
What does shrinker mean?
noun. a person or thing that shrinks. a device or chemical substance for shrinking. Slang.
How do you measure a shrinker sock?
Measure the circumference along three areas of your limb. First begin measuring the circumference along the top of your groin. Second measure the circumference along the middle of your residual limb. And last, measure the circumference 2 inches (5cm) up from end of your residual limb.
What is an ideal stump?
Ideal Stump Skin flaps: skin should be mobile, sensation intact, no scars. Muscles are divided 3 to 5 cm distal to the level of bone resection. Nerves are gently pulled and cut cleanly, so that they retract well proximal to the bone level to reduce the complication of neuroma.
Does a shrinker hurt?
The shrinker will fit very snug, but should not be painful with prolonged use. Ensure there are NO WRINKLES in the shrinker, as these can lead to problems.