What Makes Us Different?
Our Prosthetics department truly take an interest in our patients’ lives and see their successes in their daily endeavors. We follow them as if they were family, for the rest of their lives. This process is very important in order to have superior communication and availability for the patient at all times.
The Prosthetics department, the heart and soul of our business since 1979, has “come a long way, baby”. The innovations and new technologies available to amputees today, as compared to 1979, are absolutely mind-boggling. We are able to fit amputees with much more difficult types of amputations today with far greater success than in the past.
We are currently certified with the latest technology in all microprocessor-controlled knees (Otto Bock C-Leg, Rheo Knee by Ossur, Freedom Innovations, and Plie) and feet (Ossur Proprio) as well as elevated vacuum technology. We are also certified with the latest myo-electric (Touch Bionics) technology for upper extremity patients (arm amputees). We presently use the latest technology in computer-assisted design prostheses, utilizing a hand-held, digital scanner (Omega Tracer) that provides perfect three-dimensional images of the amputee’s limb. This software allows us to modify these shapes in ways we have not been able to do in the past. We can also store these images forever and duplicate any fitting of a prosthesis. Additionally, we use traditional hand-skill techniques.
The bottom line is…Our prosthetics team will do “WHATEVER IT TAKES” to satisfy a patient’s physical needs and emotional wants.
What is a prosthesis?
An artificial substitute or replacement of a part of the body such as a knee, elbow, ankle, or other joints.
What happens after my amputation?
The earliest and most crucial tasks during rehabilitation are to ensure that the prosthesis fits properly and the skin gradually develops a tolerance to the socket. Physical Therapy, skin care and edema management, therapeutic exercises, mobility training and environmental modifications, and occupational therapy are recommended.
How long does it take to get my prosthesis?
Depending on how quickly your residual limb fully heals from the surgery, some people receive a temporary prosthesis immediately following amputation or within two to three weeks after surgery. Usually, a prosthetic fitting begins two to six months after surgery.
What if my prosthesis doesn’t fit well?
Keeping one thing in mind, no two people are alike. We design and build each prosthesis specifically for each patient. Proper fit is important for all patients and we will always adjust as needed until you are satisfied.
Do I need to set up an appointment before coming in?
Yes, it is best to schedule an appointment. You can reach us on our website, or call us at 828-684-1644.
How do I know if you take my insurance?
We accept most insurance (Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Crescent, HomeLink, VA Medical Center, MedCost, Healthscope, and America’s First Choice). You can call us at 828-684-1644 to check on your insurance.
How often do I need to come in for a follow-up?
Every patient is different and we will customize a plan for your specific needs.
Will my prosthesis last forever?
Most patients will have one prosthesis for the first year, but will likely need a second one, or an adjustment to accommodate their changing physique. After that, it all depends on the type of prosthesis you have.
What if something on my prosthesis breaks?
Then call us at 828-684-1644
Will I need to do rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is a vital part in learning how to adapt to your new prosthetic. Physical Therapy, skin care and edema management, therapeutic exercises, mobility training and environmental modifications, and occupational therapy are recommended.
How do I clean my prosthetic liners (sleeves) and socks?
With warm water, rinse-off any debris that may have collected while you’re wearing it. Use a drop or two of soap and apply it thoroughly. Rub gently to remove any debris that has built up inside. Run warm water over it and rinse well until there is no soap residue left.