What to Expect as a Patient

Rest assured, you are not alone. The thought of losing a limb due to disease or awakening from a traumatic amputation can be daunting experience for many people. Concerns over their expected loss of ambulation or their ability to continue working are often the first things that a new amputee considers. But with the current level of comfort and technology available in prosthetics today, the only limits that most amputees face today are the ones that they impose on themselves. “We Believe In Your Possibilities” and our patients constantly provide us with that opportunity. Our patients live their lives to the fullest and we are committed to seeing that they have the opportunity to resume whatever activities they enjoyed before their amputation. With proper fitting and rehabilitation, today’s amputees can not only regain the lives they had prior to their amputation, many are driven to attain new and higher goals. We have patients that enjoy new and exciting activities from dancing to mountain climbing. There are a world of opportunities available to today’s amputees and we are here to enable them the ability to enjoy them. The first step is to meet with us and let us explain how we can help you to achieve your goals.

In the United States there are approximately 1.7 million people living with limb loss.

This translates to 1 in every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. The causes are varied and include trauma, cancer and congenital but diabetes and other dysvascular diseases are by far the leading cause of amputation.

Concerns over their expected loss of ambulation or their ability to continue working are often the first things that a new amputee considers. But with the current level of comfort and technology available in prosthetics today, the only limits that most amputees face today are the ones that they impose on themselves.

In the United States, there are approximately 1.7 million people living with limb loss. This translates to 1 in every 200 people in the U.S. has had an amputation. The causes are varied and include trauma, cancer and congenital but diabetes and other dysvascular diseases are by far the leading cause of amputation.

Why Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics?

Superior Service- one of the most important decisions any amputee makes is choosing a prosthetic provider that can best serve them. There are many O&P companies but just as in any service industry, some are much better at providing a superior service. Your relationship with your prosthetic provider will be a lifelong experience and it should be one that instills confidence and satisfaction.

Clinical Experience- vital to our ability to provide the best in prosthetic care is the vast clinical experience of the practitioner that will work with you. Our practitioners are all board certified and have over 230 years of combined clinical experience. Many of our employees are amputees themselves so we have an intimate knowledge of the special needs of amputees. Each of our practitioners is a college graduate at the bachelor or masters level who has then attained an advanced degree in prosthetics, many from Northwestern University’s School of Medicine. All our practitioners must maintain their awareness of the constantly evolving prosthetics field by attending continuing education courses annually as well as participating in the many in-service demonstrations that Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics hosts at its headquarters in Roanoke.

In-House Fabrication- Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics has a full service fabrication facility at our corporate headquarters in Roanoke. In addition to this state of the art plant, all of our offices have the equipment necessary to make most repairs and modifications. Most O&P provider companies use what is called “central fabrication”. Rather than fabricating and assembling your prostheses at their facility, they sub contract the fabrication of your prosthetic socket to another company. This creates unnecessary delays in the delivery of your prostheses and the potential for problems created by poor communication or incorrect fit are greatly increased.

Technological Advantage- Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics is designated as a Beta Test facility by the leading prosthetic component suppliers. As Research and Development departments develop new prosthetic components such as advanced suspension and micro processor devices, these companies partner with Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics to test and evaluate these new devises before they are marketed. This relationship provides Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics with invaluable experience into the ever growing selection of advanced prosthetic components.

Guiding Principal- for over forty years Virginia Prosthetics and Orthotics has operated on the principal that providing the best possible patient treatment in a professional and caring manner will insure that we remain a leader in the O&P field. We have treated tens of thousands of patients giving each one the individualized attention they deserve.

Patient Service and Prosthetic Delivery

Pre and Post- Operative Services- Many times we will first meet a new patient prior to their amputation. Your physician may have requested us to evaluate you clinically or to meet with you to answer any questions you might have. Sometimes we meet with patients who have suffered for quite some time from chronic pain in an extremity and they are contemplating an amputation as an alternative. It can be extremely helpful to meet with someone who can speak firsthand about their experiences as an amputee and provide counseling to someone who is considering an amputation.

We also meet patients outside our offices when we provide immediate post operative care or counseling. Your physician may request that we provide an immediate post-operative prosthesis (IPOP). When appropriate, these devices are fitted immediately following surgery and provide excellent surgical site protection and assist in healing, edema, and pain control. IPOP’s also allow for early weight bearing which allows an amputee to begin their prosthetic rehabilitation sooner. These pre and post-operative meetings can be extremely important and we strongly believe that teaming the patient, surgeon, and prosthetist at the earliest point possible, will lead to the most beneficial outcome.

Office Visits- We want our patients to feel comfortable, confident and appreciated every time they visit one of our offices whether it’s their first appointment or they have been our patient for years. We always welcome family members and care givers as they are an integral part of your life. We see patients by appointment and can usually accommodate someone within one week but we welcome walk-ins. Because a prosthetic is unique in that its availability can restrict an amputee’s ability to ambulate, we will always do whatever possible to immediately see a patient who needs unexpected service and to repair their device as quickly as possible.

New Prosthetic- whether you are coming to get your first prosthetic or you are simply ready to replace an existing one, the process is essentially the same.

When you come to our offices with a prescription for a new prosthesis we will discuss your current level of ambulation to determine that you are getting a device that will meet your specific needs. During this meeting we will explain and demonstrate the components available that are appropriate to your level of physical activity. The prosthetics field is constantly improving and we want you to have the best device that is appropriate.

We will then evaluate and measure your residual limb to insure that your new socket provides a comfortable and correct fit. The socket is the most critical component in your prostheses because it provides the inter connect between your residual limb and your prosthesis. Unless the socket is correct, you cannot experience a comfortable fit. Determining the correct dimensions for your socket is is made by using two methods:

The first uses a laser imaging scanner to record and display a 3 dimensional image of your limb. This image can then be altered digitally by your practitioner to accommodate any necessary modifications. The completed digital file is then transferred to our CAD/CAM carver to make a positive mold of the correct dimensions. Though many providers have abandoned the more conventional method of casting the residual limb, we feel that there are a small number of patients, who because of particular abnormalities of their limb will receive a superior fit using the casting method. Your practitioner is qualified to determine which is best suited to your particular needs. Generally that will conclude the first visit, we will then file the appropriate insurance requests for you and upon receipt of approval we will immediately contact you to return to our office for fitting.

?Next comes the fitting of what is termed a “check socket”. This is a transparent lightweight socket that has been made using the dimensions acquired during your previous visit. The check socket is used to evaluate the ensure that your final or “definitive socket” has the best fit possible. Our in-house fabrication facilities allows us to make modifications while you are here rather than having to send your socket to a “central fabrication” company and waste valuable time in shipping. Also, when relying on others to make modifications or fabrication, there is no guarantee that these will be correct when they finally do arrive. Weeks could be lost shipping the prosthesis back and forth as well as requiring you to make multiple fitting appointments. You will be given an appointment prior to leaving for delivery of your completed prostheses. During delivery of your prosthesis we will check to see that the fit is correct and will make final adjustments based on a thorough examination of your gait. We have specially equipped gait labs where your practitioner will observe your gait pattern to arrive at the optimal setting of your prosthesis to enable you to ambulate comfortably, safely, and efficiently.

 

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