The prosthetic process consists of several stages and we are right here to help you every step of the way. The first step is to come in for the evaluation were the practitioner will assess the needs of the patient. Next, we will fabricate a custom prosthesis in our state-of-the-art laboratory housed on-site. After, the prosthesis is created the patient will come in for the fitting and make sure it is properly aligned. Then, the patient along with their family or caregivers will be trained in the use and care of the prosthetic device. Last, comes the rehabilitation and a lifetime of care.
Our patients receive a thorough evaluation considering all aspects of their life. We take the time to listen to our patient’s concerns and goals. During the evaluation our practioners will review their medical history and test their strength and range of motion. Everything will be discussed with their entire care team prior to fabricating the prosthesis. An impression or mold of the patient’s limb will be taken. Next a patient will be fit with a check socket, which helps ensure a proper fitting prosthesis. The socket is the part of the prosthesis where the residual limb resides. It is imperative that the socket fit properly. Once, the practioner is satisfied with the fit of the socket the prosthesis will be fabricated.
The patient’s initial prosthesis allows them to learn how to begin walking again. It also allows their limb to undergo normal volume changes. Patients normally wear the initial prosthesis for three to six months. During this time we will discover which socket design and suspension system works best for our patient. For a lower extremity prosthesis, we will select a knee and foot combination and for the upper extremity prosthesis, we will also choose a control system and terminal devices.
The patient will receive their final prosthesis after their remaining limb has healed, they are no longer experiencing volume fluctuations, and they have developed the necessary skills to successfully use their new limb. Our practioners work diligently with their patients to design and create a prosthesis that matches all their needs. Because we have our own state-of-the-art fabrication lab in-house, the patient receives their new prosthesis quickly.
Fitting & Alignment
The socket fit and the proper alignment of the prosthesis largely determine how well a patient is able to walk. It must be aligned so the patient will have the necessary biomechanical advantages for balance, which results in a more natural looking gait pattern. It can take a few visits to make sure the patient has the best possible fitting and alignment. The most optimal alignment settings can change and adjustments will need to be made as a patient progresses.
Training & Rehabilitation
Now that the patient has their new prosthesis, the training begins. We help manage the patient’s rehabilitation process with other members of their team, such as with a physical and occupational therapist. Now, the patient will learn how to become more independent, but we are here to help and only a phone call away.
We will be checking on the patient’s progress through follow up appointments to make sure the patient is adjusting well and see if any further assistance is necessary. As the patient is able to do more activities they will need more adjustments and may have new questions. As technology changes, we will keep the patient informed and share any new advancements that may benefit them.
We are always here, every step of the way, to help our patient’s reach their goals and dreams. During this time our patients have become like family to us.
Give us a call today and see just how much we can help and how much we care.