Featured Patient Stories
Prosthetic Fitting: Above Knee Prosthesis
“In 2018 I had an arthroscopic knee surgery and developed a post-op fungal infection. Doctors tried a total knee replacement to remove the infected destroyed bone, it didn’t work, I had increased pain and decreased mobility after the surgery. I opted for an above knee amputation in February 2019.
I struggled for 2 years with a prosthetic company that was not able to get the fit right. I began to question their expertise as I could not get back to doing things I use to do, also I was in a test socket for over 3 months which I have since learned is not at all safe for an above knee amputee.
One day at PT it was suggested I talk with a peer mentor with the same level of amputation, the peer mentor Rob suggested I give POSI a try as he thought I should be able to get back to weight lifting and exercising without a problem. I was skeptical about changing companies, but I thought, what do I have to lose. It was the best decision I have made since my amputation.
Within 4 quick visits I was fit with a socket that was comfortable, did not cause pain and allowed me to get back to the lifestyle I was so missing. The properly fitting socket made me realize the Ossur Rheo knee was a good fit for me, it was the poorly fitting socket that made my leg feel heavy not the knee.
My advice, you need to be your own advocate, not every practitioner is the same, and “nice” is not the same as “knowledgeable”. Do your research, if you feel something is not right don’t be afraid to make a change.
POSI has been awesome and I am so thankful I made the change.”
– G Weiss
“Within 4 quick visits I was fit with a socket that was comfortable, did not cause pain and allowed me to”– Gary Weiss