During a preoperative consultation, patients can expect to talk about their current physical state and their goals and expectations for post-surgery life. Our prosthetists will take this opportunity to discuss the potential limitations and well as capabilities of our devices and set mutual expectations.
Our postoperative consultations generally occur after surgery while a patient is in the acute phase of rehabilitation. The prosthetists will do another physical evaluation of the patient and again discuss expectations and goals.
Patients with a Prescription
This process is very similar to a postoperative consultation in that the prosthetists will evaluate a patient’s medical history, physical condition and ask about any previous prosthetic care that person has received in the past.
After the evaluation, we discuss all possible options with the patient and family to help them choose the best prosthesis for their lifestyle.
Creating the Prosthesis
Depending on the patient’s condition, the limb will either be casted or scanned to collect necessary information to create the prosthesis. Patients with a recent amputation may require a temporary prosthesis while the main prosthesis is made. Patients start with a temporary device because the limb will continue to change shape as it heals. The advantage of a temporary prostheses is that it is easy to adjust and fine tuned before the final, or definitive, device is fabricated. After the limb swelling has stabilized, the definitive prostheses will be fit and provided to the patient.
As a child grows and develops and their needs change, so modifications will be made to the prosthesis until eventually a new prosthesis will be made. Our team with schedule regular visits to assess the fit and function of the prosthesis. Each prosthesis is custom-made for patients according to their specific lifestyle needs. If the prosthesis is not fitting well, it is important to make an appointment so the fit can be improved.