What are the physical and psychological experiences of patients who have went through lower limb amputation due to peripheral vascular disease and what are their thoughts on using prothesis?
Background: People who are presented with severe Peripheral Vascular Disease or Peripheral Arterial Disease, also known as critical limb ischemia experience excruciating pain symptoms, are associated with claudication. This means that, even at rest the pain and weakness in the legs persists. Chronic disease can lead to amputation of the lower limbs which often leads to difficult in physical adaptations and devastating mental health issues. Aims: The aims of this study is to gain an understanding of the physical and psychological experiences of those who have went through a lower limb amputation and explore their thoughts on using prothesis. Methods: The methodology used is an interpretive phenomenological approach which is part of the qualitative paradigm. Ten participants will be invited to take part in an individual semistructured interview. Those experiencing psychological effects of lower limb amputation will be allowed to voluntarily take part. Interviews will contain open-ended questions focused on gathering in-depth data about the individuals personal experiences. The findings will be used to support further training and implicate improvements for nursing practice and events focused on the care of the amputee.