Understanding the fitting process not only helps with the confusion of this time in your life, but can also improve your outcome.
Prosthetics work in conjunction with your medical treatment. Healing and physical therapy are major components of this. Sometimes prosthetists are involved from the very beginning. After your surgery, your Prosthetist may visit you in the hospital to provide information and answer any questions you might have about the fitting process.
Some doctors will have the prosthetist provide an IPOP, or Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis for the residual limb. This has a foot attached, offers protection and can allow for limited weight bearing therapy. Alternatively, a Rigid Removable Dressing or RRD might be provided instead. This provides protection and prevents contractures while healing.
Once the limb is healed and sutures are removed the fitting process can begin. The time it takes to heal is different for all individuals and depends on your own body and health.