Your overall comfort, control, confidence and ability to reach your goals are being met.
Your family is also dealing with your limb loss. They want what is best for you. Your family will have similar feeling to what your are feeling (sadness, frustration, fear of not knowing what life will be like with a prosthesis). Our goal here at POSI is to try to help you regain your independence and eventually return to your pre-amputation activities. You may do this a little differently, but with the right fitting prosthesis and proper training we will do our best to help you achieve the best outcomes.
There are several ways you can get in contact with another amputee. You can reach out to the Amputee Coalition to have them contact a mentor for you. The Amputee Coalition is a wonderful resource to gain early knowledge on how the process works obtaining your prosthesis and getting you back to your pre-amputation status. Your mentor can help you to see what life is like with an amputation. Your mentor can give you valuable advice on how to navigate what steps are next in your journey toward independence.
Local Amputee support groups are another valuable resource that can help with the emotional support you will need during your rehabilitation. At these groups, you and your family members will get to meet and ask questions to fellow amputees about your prosthesis, your therapy and how to achieve your rehabilitative goals.
Amputee Coalition http://www.amputee-coalition.org/support-groups-peer-support/certified-peer-visitor-program/
Amps in Action @ Kessler Rehabilitation Hospital https://www.facebook.com/AMPS-IN-ACTION-MARLTON-NJ-102362346466836/
Voorhees Amputee and Stroke Organization https://www.facebook.com/Voorhees-Amputee-Stroke-Organization-1154893671206642
Magee Rehabilitation Amputee Support Group http://mageerehab.org/community/support-groups/amputee-support/
Montgomery County Amputee Support Group http://www.amputee-coalition.org/calendar-event/montgomery-county-amputee-support-group-lower-gywnedd-township-building-springhouse-pa/2017-08-14/
- Pre-amputation lifestyle – the most important indicator of potential utilization after amputation
- Previous activities
- Objective testing – series of objective measurements that predict your potential mobility
- Amp Pro
- Timed Up and Go
- Participatory Interview – a review of the prosthetic options that are available for your individual management
- Education of systems
- Pros/cons of each component
Below knee designs can range from 2 ½ lbs. up to 5 lbs. depending on componentry utilized. Above knee designs weigh between 5 lbs. and 9 lbs., also depending on componentry utilized.
Socket and componetry are expected to last 3-5 years. Either can be replaced before this time due to damage or physical change of the residual limb. (See socket fit)
The socket will fit appropriately until your body undergoes a physical change. Adjustments will be made to maintain fit for small changes. As a new amputee, your residual limb will change rapidly through the maturation process. Sockets may be replaced more frequently as your limb begins to mature. Weight changes of about 10 lbs or more will also affect socket fit. Even if there hasn’t been any significant change the active user can expect the socket to be changed on average 18-24 months.
Your first steps using the prosthesis will be taken in the office during the fitting process. Upon receipt of the prosthesis you will participate in a PT gait training program to learn to walk. It would be beneficial to supplement PT by participation in an OT program where you will learn proper donning techniques and how to use the prosthesis in the house and community.
Majority of the prosthesis components are water resistant. It could get wet in the rain and shallow puddles without damaging the device. Most of the current microprocessor controlled knees and feet/ankle complex are now water resistant, weatherproof, or waterproof.
The safest and most hygienic way to shower, is to use a shower chair. It would allow you to cleanse your residual limb at the same time you are washing your whole body. However, there are prosthesis that are specifically designed for showering for amputees that prefer, and are capable to stand, while taking a shower.
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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
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Marlton, NJ 08053
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Horsham, PA 19044