Featured Patients of Prosthetic Fittings

Featured Patient Stories – Ryan Goldstien


above knee amputation

above knee amputation

Patient: Ryan Goldstien

Prosthetic Fitted With: Mauch SNS Hydraulic Knee & Flexfoot, Sub Ischial Socket with a C Leg & Flexfoot

Patient Background:

Ryan was in a motorcycle accident in August of 2001. As a result from the accident, Ryan lost his leg at the knee in the crash. At a later time, a necessary revision to Ryans leg and his amputation was revised to an above knee amputation. Ryan was fitted with a prosthetic for his above knee amputation from POSI and now enjoys spending time outdoors rock climbing and taking vacations.


Q & A

What can you share about your experience with getting fitted with a prosthetic from POSI for your above knee amputation?

Getting fitted with a lower limb prosthetic with POSI was a great experience. From the casting to the test socket to the final socket/leg they were very helpful and made sure everything was fitting properly before finishing up the leg. They spent time with me until everything was right, not trying to get me done as quick as possible to move on to someone else.

From start to finish, who was your favorite staff member from POSI? Why? What did they do to assist your prosthetic fitting for your above knee amputation?

All the staff members at POSI have been great in fitting a prosthetic for my above knee amputation. I have worked with Ben Harder from the start and have spent the most of my time at POSI with him.

Have you been fit with a prosthetic before? Was it with POSI? If not, how was the experience different?

I started with another prosthetist, but it never got past the initial consultation. My only prosthetic legs have been through POSI.

What is some advice you would give to others looking to get fitted with a prosthetic?

My main advice is to never accept a leg/socket that hurts and does not feel right. Never sign if things are not right, and do not let anyone tell you that socket pain is normal and will go away over time. Yes, there may be a little bit of comfort issues since you are wearing an external device, but pain should not be accepted. Also, always know what you are getting with regards to leg components, and make sure all options are on the table for you.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your above knee amputation prosthetic fitting experience with POSI?

Overall they have been great, and always willing to help and make sure things are right.


Featured Patient Stories – James Concannon


below knee prosthetic | below knee amputation

Patient: James Concannon

Prosthetic Fitted With: Below Knee Socket, Pylon, and Foot

Patient Background:

James was a type 1 diabetic from age 13. Internal damage regarding foot wounds and kidney disease was adding up but was not readily apparent from the outside. When he was around 30, he began suffering foot abrasions which turned into wounds that would not heal. His blood sugar was not well controlled then, and the wounds turned into osteosis which needed to be amputated at the toes. His right foot was considerably worse and eventually the wounds moved from his toes to his heel. This gave the MRSA he developed a straight course to reach his brain. Given these circumstances, he decided to have an amputation to save what was left of his leg. The doctor conducted a below knee amputation about six inches below the knee to make sure he got all the infection. Since then, James has used a prosthetic for his below knee amputation every day.


Q & A

What can you share about your experience with getting fitted with a below knee prosthetic from POSI for your below knee amputation?

Ben Harder, the CPO at Horsham, is a wonderful man who makes the fitting process easy. He takes you in a casting room where all the materials required are gathered, and easily and skillfully applies the material by hand to get the best fit. It is kind of like getting a cast on, but without the pain of a broken bone. It is a pleasant experience because you know you are going to get a new lower limb prosthetic out of it (below knee prosthetic), and there is always a nice feeling of anticipation of getting a new tool that you use every day.

From start to finish, who was your favorite staff member from POSI? Why? What did they do to assist your below knee prosthetic for your below knee amputation?

Ben Harder is my favorite, although Heidi is a close second. Ben has taken below knee prosthetic to a new level be turning it into a new, well-functioning machine. He has done this with a sense of humor, grace, compassion and caring. He is always willing to let me come in at any time for an adjustment, and spends time with me as needed. This make me feel welcome, and more willing to come in and fix things before they become a problem. Heidi has helped me with caring and compassion, too, and that is a great thing for the support staff. All-in-all, everyone I’ve dealt with at POSI has been outstanding.

What is some advice you would give to others looking to get fitted with a prosthetic?

Make sure you get along well with the prosthetist. You are going to be spending a lot of time with them, so a good personal relationship is important. I would interview a few, and lean toward the one who’s closest to your home, you will be going to a lot of appointments, so the closer you can keep all your specialists, the better.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your below knee prosthetic fitting experience with POSI?

POSI has treated me well from the minute I signed on with them. POSI has gone out of their way to make sure I was well cared for and supported. When you have a below knee amputation, usually your life is already very difficult, and you don’t want the end process of that to be worse. POSI made it easier for me to be an amputee, to the point that many people could not tell I was one. I appreciate and value that commitment to me and my health very much.


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Ossur: Touch Bionics, I-Limb

Otto Bock: Bebionic, Michelangelo

Marlton Office

100 Brick Road, Suite 315
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856-810-7900
Fax: 856-810-2580

 

Horsham Office

440 Horsham Road, Suite 2
Horsham, PA 19044
Phone: 215-328-9111
Fax: 215-328-0231

Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International (POSI) is an outcome based prosthetic fitting & prosthetic care practice in the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware areas. POSI specializes in; lower limb prosthetics, upper extremity prosthetics, silicone prosthetics, prosthetic arm, and prosthetic leg fittings.