NAVIGATING THROUGH LIMB LOSS
Limb loss is a formidable experience in one's life. It presents physical, psychological and social challenges for amputees and their loved ones. The road to recovery is best navigated with a team of specialists trained in the care of amputees. An interdisciplinary rehabilitation team that you are comfortable with is critical to your successful recovery from limb loss.
Your team of specialists at Vosswood have expertise in physical and rehabilitative medicine. They recognize the importance of a comprehensive approach to managing your amputation site, restoring your strength, and reestablishing your self-confidence and independence. You can depend on this team of experts to guide you to the best possible outcome.
Your rehabilitation team works closely with the prosthetists at Centers for Mobility Prosthetics. At CFM Prosthetics, we use the latest in prosthetic technology to customize the design, fit and fabrication of the most appropriate prosthesis for you. One our prosthetists will be called to meet with you as soon as your rehabilitation team determines your healing has progressed enough to start the prosthetic process. Your prosthetist will come to Vosswood and discuss the prosthetic process with you and your family. This is your opportunity get to know your prosthetist, ask questions and start to understand this important part of you care and adjustment.
The following is a summary of the different phases of your prosthetic care:
1. Evaluate and Treat
Your prosthetist will begin this phase with a written order or prescription from your treating physician. He will examine your limb, discuss your goals and begin a prosthetic treatment plan. This is normally performed at the rehabilitation facility.
Once the residual limb is healed and with physician’s approval, shrinkers are dispensed. Shrinkers are compressive garments worn on the residual limb to reduce swelling and reshape the limb in preparation for casting. This step may be performed on your last day in Vosswood at discharge, or shortly thereafter.
After wearing the shrinkers for approximately two weeks, your prosthetist will make a mold of your residual limb. The mold is used to create a test prosthesis. This step normally takes place at our prosthetic clinic.
4. Test Prosthesis
The test prosthesis is normally ready in few days after casting. The test prosthesis is for you to wear and test the fit. Your prosthetist makes adjustments to the prosthesis with your input in order to achieve a comfortable fit. Once the test prosthesis fits to your satisfaction the definitive prosthesis is fabricated. The test prosthesis phase is normally performed at our clinic.
5. Definitive Prosthesis
The definitive prosthesis is sometimes called a permanent prosthesis. This term is somewhat deceiving because no prosthesis lasts forever. Your prosthesis eventually needs replacement due to wear and tear or physical changes. You will likely wear your definitive prosthesis for a long period of time. This is the prosthesis you will use while returning to a more normal active life. The definitive prosthesis phase is normally performed at our facility.
Your ongoing adjustment to limb loss will be greatly augmented by meeting other amputees through a support group. Centers for Mobility Prosthetics works closely with H.E.L.P., a non-profit foundation serving amputees as a resource for information, support group meetings, events, and social outlets. For more information call 832-304-3574.
Centers for Mobility Prosthetics’ Peer Visitors provide voluntary peer visits at your request. To request a peer visit call 713-773-0969. We will set up a visit for you by a fellow amputee who has experience with limb loss. While your limb loss experience is unique to you, a peer visitor has successfully adjusted to a similar loss. Our peer visitors are dedicated to helping fellow amputees by visiting in person or by phone.