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Will my prosthesis/orthosis be covered by my insurance?

Most insurance companies cover prosthetic/orthotic services. It depends on your employer, type of coverage, and other factors. Medicare usually covers most of the expenses for these services. If you have private insurance, you should check your specific policy.

Do I need a prescription from my physician?

Yes. State and federal law requires each of our patients to have a prescription signed by their physician before we can fabricate any device. No prescription is needed for an initial evaluation.

Will my residual limb change in size?

Yes. Over time your residual limb will shrink. Immediately following your amputation, your limb will be swollen and have a bulbous shape. It will gradually shrink down to have a cylindrical or conical shape. The most common method of helping the shrinkage of the residual limb is a stump shrinker, which we will provide following your surgery.

How long will my prosthesis last?

A temporary prosthesis is usually used for 3-6 months, typically for rehabilitation purposes. Definitive prostheses can last for 5 years or more in some cases. Prostheses are replaced due to significant wear or physiological changes.

Will I be able to return to work?

This depends on your profession. Many patients are able to return to their jobs with no complications. You should speak with your employer about your intentions and capabilities regarding employment.

When should I check my residual limb and what should I look for?

You should check your residual limb everyday for any skin changes. If you notice redness, blisters, drainage, severe swelling, or pain you should call your Prosthetist immediately.

I can still feel my toes even though my leg has been amputated.
Is this normal?

Yes, it is. This is called phantom sensation, and most amputees experience it. If it is uncomfortable, speak to your physician about treatment options.

What kind of shoes can I wear with my prosthesis or orthosis?

Almost any shoe can be used with your device - be sure to bring the shoes you wear most often when you are fitted for your device.

How often should I see my prosthetist or orthotist?

We recommend follow up visits every 6 months or as needed. If there is ever a time when you feel like you need an adjustment or change in any way, we will be happy to schedule an appointment for you.

Can I adjust the prosthesis or orthosis myself?

No, your prosthetist or orthotist should do this. It could lead to personal injury or damage the device and void any warranty.

Can I play sports in my prosthesis or orthosis?

Yes, you can enjoy the lifestyle you want! If there are any limitations or restrictions, your physician, prosthetist or orthotist will advise you.

Can I shower with my prosthesis or orthosis?

Most devices are not designed to get wet. However, there are some devices that are specifically made for water activities. If you do get your device wet, it should be cleaned and dried thoroughly before you reapply it.

Please feel free to give us a call with any other questions you may have.

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