The loss of a limb is a life-changing situation. However, every individual is unique and how much a person’s life will change largely depends upon the challenges each individual faces. For most people, it can be like moving into another dimension where even the most ordinary daily activities such as walking, may have to be relearnt all over again. It is not only the amputee who as affected but to a large extent, everyone connected with him or her such as spouse or partner, children, other family members, friends, employers and co-workers. The psychological impact of an amputation can be as significant as the physical challenges More often than not, the psychological impact of an amputation can be just as significant as the physical challenges and the perceived loss of ability to engage in leisure activities can play an important role in post-amputation quality of life than the absence of the limb itself. Amputation can negatively influence body image, self-esteem and quality of life. Returning to work can also be difficult. However, the key to successful outcomes lies in making sure that a patient receives appropriate care in terms of their physical and psychosocial needs. The use of prosthetics is associated with increased quality of life The use of prosthetics is associated with higher levels of employment, increased quality of life, decreased phantom limb pain and lower levels of psychiatric symptoms. In addition, using prosthetics has been proven to facilitate a reduction in secondary health issues and a greater degree of functional independence and mobility. Prosthetists and healthcare teams can do a great deal to bring about a successful, fulfilling life for people with amputations while they adjust to the changes in their lives. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Unlike those who lose limbs due to dysvascular conditions, people with traumatic amputations often suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fault is often involved with traumatic amputations which causes anger and regret. The time it takes to heal One of the main things that people are not prepared for is the reality of the time it takes to heal and what to expect regarding the timeframes for rehabilitation and regaining mobility. Returning to work is influenced by the time it takes to regain mobility. The number of appointments necessary for medical and prosthetic care, as well as physical or occupational therapy is also dependent on the patient’s own mobility and level of rehabilitation progress. A discussion regarding timeframes is therefore most helpful in reducing anxiety and can help families to plan ahead financially and for periods of absence from work. An individual with a new amputation often needs to learn new modes of living where it pertains to activities such as cooking, cleaning and bathing. Yet, nothing happens overnight and certain things cannot be planned hence, the key is to recognize that it is all part of the healing process. Modifications done at home such as the installation of a ramp or the widening of doorways to accommodate a wheelchair may be necessary. For instance, if the bedroom is upstairs, ways need to be found to move around the house easily.