You’ve had an amputation, your residual limb is healing, and it’s time to start thinking about your prostheses. Here are some information to cover the basics of what you need to know.Get Started
A patient must be assessed for candidacy by the rehabilitation team at Health Sciences Centre. If a patient is deemed a prosthetic candidate, the patient can choose a clinic that suits them, and a referral will be sent.
After we receive a referral, we call the patient to book an assessment. If the patient’s skin is intact and limb volume has been managed properly, we will proceed to take a mold of the residual limb.
We use the cast of your residual limb to create a clear plastic socket. This is what your limb will slide into and attaches you to the rest of your prosthesis. It sometimes takes a few iterations of the socket before we’re happy with the fit and can continue to the next step.
The clinician will assess what type of device and components are right for you. When your components are delivered, we put them all together and create the first version of your prosthesis. For this fitting we may get you to move around in your prosthesis to see if there are any problematic areas to modify for the next step, your trial prosthesis.
Your trial prosthesis is the version which you can take home with you. Your very first trial prosthesis goes with you to the Health Sciences Centre for training with the physiotherapy team, who will teach you how to use your prosthesis in everyday life. After your training is complete and your socket still feels comfortable, we continue to the next step.
The final step is your definitive prosthesis. This prosthesis is stronger and lighter than your trial. You can choose a colour or design for this socket – something that suits you! After you receive your definitive prosthesis, changes cannot be made to the socket anymore. Subsequent visits may be for repairs or adjustments to your alignment, until it’s time for your next device (typically 2-3 years).
Prosthetic supplies include items like silicone liners, socks, lotions, etc. Your eligibility for new supplies will depend on the type of insurance coverage you have. Contact us if you are unsure of your coverage.
Upper Limb Prosthesis
At Anderson Orthopedics we strive to help each amputee attain their personal goals. Each prosthesis is custom made to meet your goals. We spend great care in making your prosthesis able to ensure optional comfort. We will manufacture and use diagnostic prosthesis in order to make sure that you have the ultimate prosthesis. We use the modern technology and techniques in order to make the best possible prosthesis for you. Restoring your upper limb Arms requires an extensive amount of therapy and training after the fitting of the prosthetic arm.
Lower Limb Prosthesis
At Anderson Orthopedics we strive to help each amputee attain their personal goals. Each prosthesis is individually custom made to meet your goals. We spend great care in making your prosthesis so that it fits comfortably by distributing the forces evenly. We will manufacture and use diagnostic sockets in order to make sure that you have the ultimate prosthesis. We use modern technology and techniques in order to make the best possible prosthesis for you.
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