The Prosthetic Process
Our initial evaluation process includes one on one discussions with the patient to understand the patient desires, motivators, and medical needs. The patient’s outlook about being fitted for a prosthesis is a very important part of the recovery process. All patients will have their own unique prosthesis process depending on how the loss of limb occurred; therefore our team strives to personalize the evaluation process.
Our patients range from those who wish to accomplish household chores to those who want to compete in marathons. We often consult with our patients on multiple occasions to maintain clear communication. Developing a close professional relationship with our patients is vital to ensure the proper treatment plan and goals are achieved.
By working with one of our ABC Certified practitioners, we are confident that our patients will receive the right prosthetic device that meets their individual needs.
The process can be different for each patient depending on their amputation, activity level, type of insurance, and compliance.
Manufacturing a new prosthesis does involve a number of steps, and Premier Prosthetics has created a process with steps and descriptions for our patients:
Step 1 - Measurements
To ensure proper fit, a practitioner will measure your residual limb. Our team uses plasters or fiber glass to complete this intimate measurement.
Step 2 - Individual Needs and Goals
Communicating and working together, our practitioner and patient will discuss the patient’s wants, needs and goals to ensure the prosthetic leg will support their lifestyle.
Step 3 - Casting and Check Socket
The practitioner will cast the residual limb of the patient, and use this molding to create a diagnostic socket. This socket is transparent and allows our team to review the fit and make adjustments. This process occurs to ensure optimal fit.
Step 4 - Assembly of Prosthetic
The practitioner and technician work together to fabricate the prosthetic leg correctly. This may require ordering parts from outside manufacturing companies.
Step 5 - Delivery
Once a patient is able to wear their new prosthesis, adjustments and follow up appointments do occur. Once again to ensure proper fit and function, our team will work with the patient.