- I’m facing an amputation. What should I do first?
Contact our office at 602-395-3354 for a pre-surgical consultation at no charge. Check out the Resources section of our web site for a wealth of information about prosthetics and amputation, as well as support groups.
- How do I choose a prosthetist and prosthetic facility?
The process of designing, fitting and fabricating your prosthetic will be most successful if you have an experienced ABC certified practitioner who can work to meet your needs, and provide solid communication with you throughout the process. You will be working with your prosthetist more closely than any other health care provider therefore you should ask questions before committing to a prosthetist.
- How many patients with your level of amputation has this prosthetist worked with?
Ask about their success rate.
Is the prosthetist you’re considering licensed and certified?
Do you like the prosthetist?
- How much will my prosthetic care cost?
The best way to find out about the cost of your prosthetic care is to call our office and speak with our administrator, who can talk to you about your insurance coverage and copays. If you don’t have insurance, the administrator can review options and work with you to develop a reasonable payment plan.
- Does prosthetic care at your facility cost more than others?
No. If we are contracted with your insurance company, we can only bill the contracted rate.
- How long will it take to get my prosthesis?
Every amputation is different and therefore each prosthesis is customized to the patient’s individual shape and needs of his or her lifestyle. Many initial post-operative prostheses are fit in surgery. Once healed, a temporary prosthesis is fit. An amputee will wear this device from a few weeks to several months. At that point, your practitioner will determine the timeline for a definitive prosthesis. At this stage, a cosmetic cover is often fabricated along with advanced components. As your body heals from the amputation, it is critical to your long-term use and comfort to meet with your practitioner to make adjustments so the prosthesis is ideal for you.
- What can I do about phantom pain?
Consistently wearing your shrinkers has been proven to help with phantom pain and sensation. Please consult with our prosthetist and surgeon for other recommendations.
- How can I find a support group?
The Amputee Coalition of America also provides a listing of support groups nationwide
- How often should I see my prosthetist?
You should see your prosthetist every six months or if any of the following occurs:
- • You’ve experience weight gain or loss, even if it’s 5 lbs. or 2% of your body weight.
- • Your activity level has changed.
- • If you suspect your prosthesis is in need of repair
- • If you experience skin breakdown or excessive pain