| Surviving Limb Loss
Losing a limb can be compared to losing a spouse or a child. The trauma is deep and multi-layered. Physical rehabilitation alone is not sufficient to help people adjust to the loss. Ensuring access to information is crucial to empowering amputees to take charge of their own recovery process.
LSN has developed a series of informational pamphlets to help fill the enormous information gap, most evident in mine-affected countries. Aimed primarily at amputees, the pamphlets cover a broad range of issues, from what to expect immediately after the surgery to getting back to work to advocating for human rights.
Although the intended audience for the pamphlets are LSN Outreach Workers and the amputees they work with, readers in countries not affected by landmines may also find the pamphlets useful.
The printed pamphlets are available in several languages: English, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tigrigna, and Vietnamese. English versions are available in PDF format for download below.
To order the complete set of Surviving Limb Loss pamphlets, or if you have comments or suggestions related to these materials, please contact LSN.
The publication of these pamphlets was supported by grant number CCE324953 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC.
Amputation Surgery (.PDF 1.8 MB)
Why people have amputations, what to expect,
dos and donts during recovery
Pain After Amputation (.PDF 976 KB)
Types of pain, their causes, and ways to alleviate
Wrapping Your Residual Limb (.PDF 972 KB)
Why and how to wrap the residual limb
Infection Prevention (.PDF 1.2 MB)
How to prevent, recognize and treat infections
Emotions After Limb Loss (.PDF 1.7 MB)
Positive ways to deal with emotions people experience
with limb loss
Prosthetics (PDF 1 MB)
Frequently asked questions and advice about
prosthetics from others who have lost limbs
Physical Rehabilitation (.PDF 1.4 MB)
Tips to help you recover from surgery, prepare
for a prosthesis and relearn to walk
Getting Back to Work (.PDF 1.4 MB)
Stories from people who returned to work after
Rights and Responsibilities (.PDF 1.2 MB)
What they are, and why you should understand
Information for Families (.PDF 1.8 MB)
For families and friends, to better understand
how to help
Arm Amputation (.PDF 488 KB)
What to expect, and the types of prostheses that are available
Children with Limb Loss (.PDF 628 KB)
For families and friends, to better understand how to help.
Diabetes and Cardio Vascular Disease (.PDF 348 KB)
Steps you can take to improve your health if you’ve lost a limb to diabetes or vascular disease.
LSN would like to thank the landmine survivors from Bosnia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, and Mozambique who helped to develop these materials, and the many rehabilitation professionals who participated in the process. We gratefully acknowledge the support we received from the USAID’s Leahy War Victims Fund.