How soon after surgery can I begin the prosthetic process?
If you know that you are having an amputation surgery, we actually recommend that you begin the process before your surgery. Our certified peer visitor will walk you through every step of what to expect and our practitioners will explain the prosthetic process to help put your mind at ease during this difficult time.
How long do I have to wear my shrinker?
This depends on the individual but on average most amputees find themselves needing to wear the shrinker consistently all day and night prior to obtaining their initial prosthesis. Most amputees find themselves using the shrinker for the first year or more post amputation. The residual limb is still undergoing many changes and the shrinker aids in keeping the residual limb consistent in size and shape.
How long does it take to get the prosthesis after the casting?
The fabrication on average takes two weeks from the day of casting to the day of delivery. Due to our in house custom fabrication, the process can be faster if needed but that is assuming insurance has met all requirements.
Will I need to go to therapy with my first device?
Yes, Physical Therapy is a vital component to the prosthetic and rehabilitation process. In physical therapy, you will learn how to most optimally use your orthotic or prosthetic device to help you regain your prior level of function.
Do I have to follow a wearing schedule?
Yes, your body needs time to adapt to the new device and the new forces that they are imposing on your body. It is vital that these break in periods are followed to ensure that there are no setbacks during your rehabilitation process. Your practitioner will work closely with you in determining this break in period.