Why would I use a prosthesis?
A prosthesis is an artificial replacement for a missing limb or part of a limb that can help you regain independence after your amputation. Some important things to ask yourself are:
- What do you want to be able to do with the prosthesis?
- Does your physician believe a prosthesis is right for you?
- Are you motivated to walk or run?
- What activities or hobbies do you plan to do?How long does it take to receive a prosthetic limb?
All amputees are unique and will have a slightly different process and turnaround time. Recovery time plays a vital role in the process. Compliance and communication are also key to having a smooth process from surgery to the receipt of a prosthesis.How will I pay for my new prosthesis?
Depending on your level of mobility, a device can range widely in price. Typically, your prosthetic device will be partially covered by your insurance plan. Some insurance plans may even cover the entire cost of the device. Communicating accurate insurance information to our company is imperative to ensure reimbursement and financial responsibility is accurate.
(The Amputee Coalition has created an Insurance Coverage and Reimbursement Guide to help you figure out common insurance questions. Contact the Amputee Coalition’s National Limb Loss Resource Center at 888/267-5669 to get a copy. If you find yourself in need of help in paying for a prosthesis, you can find out more about funding options by reading the Financial Assistance for Prosthetic Services, Durable Medical Equipment, and Other Assistive Devices
fact sheet.)Do I have to complete a Therapy Program or attend a Rehabilitation Center?
While our practitioners will give you direction and training on prosthetic use, many of our patients will work directly with a physical therapist in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. The Rehabilitation process can help determine if adjustments need to be made and to ensure there is a proper fit of the socket.