Limb reconstruction is a long, drawn-out process that can last over a year and it can be another year before you start to feel the real benefits. It may be painful, with frequent operations, and can require a good deal of courage. However, it can heal fractures that have stubbornly refused to respond to other treatment, and help limb deformities, so vastly improving your mobility.
Successful limb reconstruction treatment can appear like a miracle cure but it is not an easy choice. People going through this surgery often have severe emotional, physical, and practical problems. Job losses, financial pressure and breakdown of relationships are not uncommon. The inability to walk or drive leads to reduced independence, and increased reliance on others. Unsurprisingly, you may suffer a loss of self-esteem. For some, clinical depression follows.
A few patients conclude that this arduous prolonged treatment is not for them and make the difficult decision to have an amputation.