Having friends is wonderful, but after surgery you will need a lot of rest. Do your best to manage the number and length of visits by coworkers, relatives, and friends. Don’t be afraid to let them know when you need to rest or sleep.

If you live by yourself, and have a close core group of buddies, arrange them into scheduled visits to help you make it through the first week or two. They can get you food, drinks, help with bathroom trips, bathing and any number of things that require assistance. Good friends can be very helpful when you are hurting and need comfort or just want to talk about your feelings. Dealing with the emotional aspect of amputation surgery can be quite dramatic and profound. It helps to talk about your feelings and concerns with friends or other amputees.