Are you aware of all the different prosthetic leg types?
Have you found a great relationship with a prosthetist in your area?
Do you have questions about prosthetic legs and need some answers?
The relationship between an amputte and their prosthetist is a special one. To start with, there needs to be a high level of trust that the prosthetic user and the prosthetist understand each other. Being able to walk safely is the primary concern for most amputees and if there are unanswered questions or a lack of empathy, the end result can suffer.
Not only that, the amputee needs to know that their prosthetist has our best interests at heart. The prosthetist will need to consider how you will be applying the artificial limb every day, who will be helping you, how your edema fluctuates etc. There are many factors that come into play and you have to feel like your prosthetist is not only listening to what you are saying, but they are there for you if and when you have questions / concerns.
There are different prosthetic systems available to patients and the relationship between the prosthetic professional and patient needs to be open to discuss the pros and cons of each system. For example, an experienced amputee will know more about what they like and what they don’t like. They will know that they prefer a pin locking system over that of an elevated vacuum. One might be easier for them to use than another.
However, for a new amputee, there will be a big learning curve. The prosthetist will need to explain the differences between a pin locking system (its pros and cons) versus that of a passive or elevated vacuum suspension. The pin locking system might be beneficial due to the auditory feedback that it provides to a patient, while an elevated vacuum suspension will potentially help the patient feel like the componentry is more connected to their residual limb, thus making the system feel lighter.
Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. will discuss many treatment points with a patient.
For example, is the patient a new or seasoned amputee?
Does the patient have any preferences?
What have they heard about prosthetics to date and what questions does the prosthetic user have?
Rinella Orthotics & Prosthetics, Inc. will also discuss the role edema plays in a prosthetic fitting and how to manage it effectively. Either with the use of a residual limb shrinker or by using prosthetic socks to help when the patient’s socket is applied.
While everyone is definitely unique, certain prosthetic scenarios are common and your local prosthetist will be able to help you navigate through all the options that are available.