Ans is a fighter, she doesn’t want to be stuck in a wheelchair. The rehabilitation process for her amputated leg and shattered arms is long, difficult and painful. Eventually, she spends 7 months at a rehabilitation centre. She goes beyond her own limits, does not give up and achieves what nobody expected: Ans learns to walk again with a socket prosthesis.
Slowly but surely she finds her place in society again. But it isn’t easy. Socket-related problems hinder her progress. Every time she goes for a more intensive or a longer walk, she suffers from skin injuries due to chafing. It causes infections and a lot of pain. This makes her insecure and she feels incomplete. She discusses her situation problems with her rehabilitation specialist, who informed her about osseointegration.
Ans reads up on osseointegration and visits an information day about osseointegration. She is interested in the procedure: the socket will be replaced by an implant in the stump, which is then connected to the prosthesis. The rehabilitation specialist considers her to be a good candidate and refers her to the surgeon. This starts the entire process with the application and suitability procedure, fortunately she turns out to be suitable for osseointegration.
It gives her a new chance of being pain-free. Ans is not afraid to start this process, but she passionately hopes it will go well: “I don’t want to end up in that wheelchair again!”
And it worked out well: the surgery, wound healing, rehabilitation, fitting and adjusting a new prosthesis. Regarding Ans it is all very straightforward. The rehabilitation period goes well and is very prosperous. The wound heals within a few weeks without complications. The rehabilitation after the osseointegration procedure is a breeze compared to the rehabilitation after her accident. Where rehabilitation took almost a year, this time, she can stand on her feet a lot sooner than expected. She is allowed to walk on crutches 6 weeks after the surgical procedure. After three months, she no longer needs crutches at home, and after six months she ventures outside without crutches. It gives her self-confidence a huge boost.