Featured Patients of Prosthetic Fittings

Featured Patient Stories – Ed Williams

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Patient: Ed Williams

Prosthetic Fitting: Pin Type then Vaccuum Suspension

Patient Background:

Ed Williams developed a blister/callus on the outside bottom of his left foot. To care for this, Ed went to a wound care doctor and was nursing it along for about 4 months. He had blockages in his legs that prohibited adequate blood and oxygen to reach his foot and heal his wound. Despite Ed being diabetic, his diabetes were not the main cause of his issues. Ed had smoked cigarettes for approximately 42 years which created the blockages due to plaque build up in veins and arteries. Ed woke up one day to his entire left foot as one big oozing blister and turning black with infection. In order to properly attack the infection, it was determined that an amputation was necessary. Ed’s amputation was done in 3 different stages until they completely eliminated the infection.

Q & A

What can you share about your prosthetic fitting experience?

My initial prosthetic fitting was a “Pin Type” system. After about 3 or 4 months I graduated to a “Vacuum Suspension” system. I’ve had Diane right from the start, but occasionally I saw Matt who was a resident at POSI. ALL of these folks have been great! Nice, knowledgeable, caring and smart! POSI is the only company that I’ve been with mostly because…..I have no reason to try anywhere else. I’m extremely happy with the staff, the prosthetic fitting process, and especially the results. After all and along with POSI’s help, I’m walking which is the primary goal!

What is some advice you would give to others who have had an amputation and are looking for a prosthetic fitting?

It’s probably good to check out other companies so that you will be able to compare but if you don’t, I would guarantee that you won’t be disappointed with POSI. Watching me walk, shoot pool and maneuver around the pool table or hit golf balls is probably my best testimony to Diane and all the prosthetists at POSI.

With POSI’s prosthetic fitting, I’m walking which is the primary goal!

Featured Patient Stories – Chris Botta

Patient: Chris Botta

Prosthetic Fitted With: Below-knee Prosthetic

Patient Background:

Christopher’s story begins 3 years ago when he became sick. Chris had an infection with a high fever and he “felt like death”. Chris somehow was able to drive himself to the hospital. According to doctors, if he had gotten there any later he could have died. Bacteria got into Chris’ foot through a crack in his skin. Over the course of 66 days spent in the hospital, Chris underwent several operations to excise the infected area. The wound ended up healing nicely until a tendon broke through the wound site. Chris went back to the hospital and the decision was made to amputate his left leg from below the knee. After the amputation, Chris was fitted with a prosthetic leg from Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International.

Q & A

What were your initial thoughts once you found out you were going to have an amputation?

At first, I was in shock and realized no one was there to help me with this, no one to guide me, no help from the hospital staff who performed my amputation. I came home, the process was up to me, I had to find a way to get around. I started looking for a prosthetic leg.

How did you find out about POSI?

The only place I knew about following my amputation was Hangar. Before I made an appointment, POSI contacted me. After our conversation, Pam convinced me to come into the office. I live in South Philly and the POSI office was in Marlton. The 40 minute commute was worth it, I knew I found the right place to be fitted with a prosthetic leg.

What can you share about your experience with getting fitted with a prosthetic leg?

I was fitted with a prosthetic leg, a below-knee prosthetic. The process was daunting at first but turned out to be very simple. Throughout the prosthetic leg fitting process, I had many questions and I got all the answers. Every step along the way was explained in a way I understood. I had never experienced anything like this, I had no leg. How am I going to do this? What will I look like?

As the process went on, I had my mind made up that I was going to do this. The day arrived for my prosthetic leg diagnostic socket and I put it on and walked around like nothing was missing. Between POSI’s organization and my mental preparedness, we did it. Pam even videoed the event and put it on Youtube. I could walk again thanks to my prosthetic leg, a little different, but so what, I was walking!

From start to finish, who was your favorite staff member from POSI? Why?

I don’t think I can say I have a favorite staff member, that’s impossible. I came into contact with everyone. The people at POSI became more than just technicians, they are like my extended family. They cared for me in a way I’ve never known. Just outstanding in all aspects. Because of the help I received, I can do almost anything. I can’t thank POSI enough for my prosthetic leg fitting.

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

If I could give any advice to someone who has gone through the loss of a limb, or is about to, I would tell them about POSI for their prosthetic leg and other prosthetic needs. I would even take them there to meet the staff and reassure that person myself. It’s not the end of the world, it’s only the beginning. You can check out the rest, but POSI is the best!

Prosthetic Orthotic Solutions International puts the “POSI” in POSITIVE!!! -Chris Botta

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Featured Patient Stories – CR

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Patient: CR

Prosthetic Fitted With: Prosthetic Foot

Patient Background:

CR had Charcot Foot for 21-22 years and she had all types of problems with it, off and on throughout the years. Every time something would happened with her foot the doctor’s advice was always to have a foot amputation. As with many patients, CR was resistant to the idea of an foot amputation. As a result of CR’s Charcot foot she was constantly having special shoes made and other procedures done over the course of 20 years. CR would eventually have an incident where a foot amputation was necessary. When she learned the news she stated, “It wasn’t any great shock that I had to have this done, there was no drama involved. Doctors had been recommending a foot amputation for years, so I knew eventually it would happen.”

Q & A

Following your foot amputation, have you been fit with a prosthetic before? Was it with us? If so, how was the experience different?

Initially I was not with POSI when I had my first prosthetic fitted. Now that I look back I don’t think that he fitted me correctly, at all. I was fitted with a regular suction with a sleeve. I lost 5 months of my life with consistently not being fitted correctly and I never went back to that practice. I lost 5 months out of my life because of a poorly fit leg. I eventually had to switch back to an older leg in order to walk and function. Because of this, I switched prosthetist to Ben, at POSI, by recommendation of others in my support group.

How did you find out about POSI?

After ill-fitting foot prosthetic from a different prosthetic practice, a bunch of people that I know from my amputee support group said to go to POSI. They said, “Go to Ben, you’ll like him.” So I did, and now I have been with POSI for 3 years.

What can you share about your experience with getting fitted with a prosthetic?

First, it was much better than the experience I had with fittings from different prosthetic practices. POSI was professional, timely, and walked me through every step of the process.

From start to finish, who was your favorite staff member from POSI? Why?

Ben, he was with me from start to finish in the prosthetic fitting process for my foot prosthetic.

What is some advice you would give to others who have had a foot amputation and are looking to get fitted with a prosthetic?

It’s tough, because typically what people do after their foot amputation is that a doctor will say we use this specific prosthetic practice and to go to them and the people don’t really shop around for a place to get fitted. Join a amputee support group even if you think you don’t need it. I think you learn more if you join a support group and being with other people who have been through the same thing. Go to the meetings. You can see the different people with the different prosthetics and hear their stories. Our group is more of an educational group where guest speakers come. You learn a lot when joining a support group.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience with POSI?

I know that if there is ever a problem such as a wrong fit it would be taken care of professionally and timely at POSI and they would never mislead me. I knew Ben and the rest of the staff at POSI would take the necessary steps to make things right if I ever ran into a problem. Their company policies keep them to a high standard.

Featured Patient Stories – Ryan Goldstien

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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

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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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POSI prosthetist and technicians are trained and certified by the following manufacturers for use of their products:

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.