Although the fitting process will vary slightly depending on each patient’s situation, La Fuente Prosthetics is readily available to help you begin your prosthetic journey. Whether you are a recent amputee receiving your first prosthesis, or amputees returning for replacement prostheses, we are here In order to get started you will need to contact our office at 405-236-2882 or toll free at 888-577-4588. One of our administrative staff will schedule a consultation appointment with one of our Prosthetists as well as answer your questions. During your consultation the staff will be able to provide information and help you determine the best route to help cover this expense financially.
We look forward to seeing you and to dedicating lots of time assisting you as you make this delicate transition in life. Many of our patients regard us as close friends because they can see that we care and understand what they are experiencing. So feel free to talk to us about anything. Our goal is to show you that with our help you can recover positively from this experience.
During your consultation/evaluation appointment we will review your patient history, assess your prosthetic needs and questions, as well as discuss your goals and limitations. This visit also gives the patient a chance to meet and visit with our professional and friendly staff. Feel free to ask questions as well as let them know if you need anything.
Process- Fabrication and Fitting
The fabrication process usually begins with an anatomical mold. This mold is then modified in our state-of-the art fabrication lab. We strive on producing the right prosthetic device for each patient’s circumstances using the best possible components and technology. We will make sure that the prosthesis acts as an extension of you. While your comfort is our top priority, we can achieve this by ensuring that we have a true anatomical fit through our unique socket designs.
We forge a genuine friendship with our patients. Patients often remark how happy they are that they found our facility because of the personal attention they receive when they call or are in the office. Upon receipt of your prosthesis you will be instructed on how to use it as well as care for it. It is important that you let us know if you are having problems with the prosthesis. We can’t help you if you don’t inform us. Should you require physical therapy, we will work with your physician to ensure that you are receiving proper care by therapists that are familiar with your specific needs and circumstances.
You may need a prosthetic check-up if ...
- You haven’t seen your Prosthetist in at least six months.
- You’ve experience weight gain or loss, even if it’s 5 lbs.
- Your activity level has changed.
- Your prosthesis is not fitting correctly.
Your prosthesis should last anywhere from two to four years. It will require maintenance and at some point or replacement. Just as shoes wear out, so will a socket and a prosthesis. When in doubt about whether or not
a new prosthesis is required, your physician, physical therapist or prosthetist should be contacted. You will also need prosthetic supplies, such as suspensions sleeves, liners, socks, etc. Please contact our office for
any supply needs.
A socket will normally require replacement when one of the following takes place:
- The socket is worn out and/or cracked. Usually a socket will last 2-4 years depending on your activity level.
- The socket is discolored.
- The socket no longer fits. If the wearer has gained more than 2% of body weight, the socket will not be
- comfortable and donning will be difficult. More than 2% of body weight loss may cause the socket to rotate or
- the limb to actually piston within the socket.
- There is a change in the size or shape of your residual limb.
- You’ve had revision surgery.
Life as an amputee and with a prosthesis can be overwhelming. That’s why developing a good emotional support system is vital for most patients. This can include family member and friends; your prosthetist, physical herapist, and physician; a professional counselor; an amputee support group; and publications and Web sites for people who use a prosthesis. Again, a good source of information and encouragement is the book You’re Not Alone.
Our patients tell us that one of the most helpful emotional supports they have found is getting to know other amputees. That’s why amputee support groups are springing up all over the world. Within groups like these, patients share their feelings, frustrations, ideas and encouragement. Sometimes, the act of helping another person can be a huge step towards personal healing. Don’t try to go it alone or be too independent. Your recovery will be quicker and your life happier if you reach out to others and allow them to reach out to you.