Most insurance companies do pay for Orthotic and Prosthetic services; however each insurance company and individual policy may vary. An experienced staff member will contact your insurance company to help you determine what your specific coverage is.
Each person has different needs, requirements and medical issues that effect the decision making process in determining the componentry that goes into making your prosthesis. A thorough evaluation and conversation with the patient, as well as your physician will be used to determine the best possible prosthesis.
Yes, prior to fabricating an Orthotic or Prosthetic appliance a physician's prescription will ensure proper treatment of your physical condition and is required although an initial consultation does not require a prescription. Evaluations and consultations are always done free of charge.
Many amputees wear prosthetic socks over their residual limb. These prosthetic socks come in a variety of thicknesses and materials. They're many benefits and uses for these socks. They provide cushion, reduce and absorb friction, protect the skin, absorb perspiration, and compensate for shrinkage and/or swelling of the residual limb. As the residual limb matures it will begin to change size and shape. To maintain an appropriate fit of the prosthesis different thicknesses of socks are added to compensate volumetrically for any loss or gain that has occurred. A prosthetic sock thickness and weight is represented with the term "Ply". As you increase in ply you increase in thickness. Below, is a reference guide to sock ply and their thickness.
1-Ply (White)- all white sock
3-Ply (Green)- all white sock with a green ring around the top end
5-Ply (Blue)- all white sock with a blue ring around the top end
You will receive several socks with your prosthesis. With this supply of socks you will be able to better manage your fit. Every time you put on the prosthesis it is important that you are aware of how many ply you have on. If the socket is loose fitting then add a ply, or if the socket is feeling tight then reduce your fit by a ply. This process may need to be repeated throughout the day as your limb will change volumetrically. It is ideal to have the best fit possible with the least amount of socks. For example, it is preferable to have on one 5-ply sock rather than one 3-ply sock with two 1-ply's. Understanding prosthetic sock management is key to avoiding skin breakdown and irritation. With the proper fit and follow-up the chances of having a healthier residuum will increase. Sheaths are also available for the prosthetic wearer. They are used to reduce friction caused by excessive rubbing and help wick away perspiration.
A protective limb cover is a flexible plastic shell which is fit immediately post-operative. This device helps to control edema and protect the sensitive surgical site following amputation. The device crosses the knee and reduces the possible incidence of knee flexion contractures. IPOP stands for immediate post operative prosthesis and is a protective limb cover with an attached pylon and foot.
The residual limb will undergo a variety of anatomical (physical) changes after surgery. After surgery you will begin to notice a decrease in swelling as the residual limb begins to take shape. As the limb becomes healed and begins to mature and stabilize we can then proceed through the different prosthetic phases.
This will vary from patient to patient. However, there are several factors that influence the amount of time one will spend before being able to ambulate. These factors include cause of amputation, time it takes for the residuum to heal, and the integrity of the surgical site. These factors and others will play an important role in determining the time it will take to begin ambulating on a prosthesis.
To set-up a free evaluation or consultation simply dial (800)377-6252 and the front office staff will assist you in setting a time and a day that is convenient for you.
Also, you can click on the contact link associated with this web site, fill out some information, and press send. Front office staff will shortly thereafter be in contact with you.
We strongly encourage that you keep your prosthesis as dry as possible. Certain componentry will rust and is not meant to get wet. There are however, covers that go over your prosthesis that help prevent water from entering.
The cause for change could be attributed to a variety of factors. First, consult your orthotist/prosthetist concerning the problem. They can help you determine the issue and make the proper adjustments. Do not try to adjust the device yourself, as often this only complicates matters further.
Phantom pain is the term used to describe sensations felt by amputees, which may include cramping, tingling, itching, pins-and-needles, stabbing pains, pressure, a sense of fullness (as if the limb was still there, but slightly swollen), and so on. The majority of amputees experience these sensations, however the degree to which it is felt will vary. The phantom sensations are intermittent (they come and go, unpredictably.) New amputees tend to have frequent and intense sensations several times every day, often continuously for a few hours at a time. As the years pass after an amputation, the sensations will generally become less frequent, and less intense, and bouts of pain last for a shorter amount of time. However, despite medical literature that says "both the phantom sensations and pain gradually resolve with time," many amputees report that the phantom pain never completely disappears.