What is a Prosthesis?
A prosthesis is a custom-made device that replaces a missing limb (s). It is worn to help restore the function of the missing limb(s).
The Prosthetic Process
Step By Step
Step 1: Evaluate and Treat
With a written order from a physician, our prosthetist performs an examination, discusses your goals and develops your unique prosthetic treatment plan. This step is performed in our clinic, in the comfort of your home or at your rehabilitation facility. There is no charge for this service.
Step 2: Shrinkers
Once it is determined your residual limb is ready to be fit with a prosthesis, a shrinker is provided and worn for a short period of time over your limb. A shrinker is a compressive garment worn to reduce swelling and reshape your limb in preparation for casting.
Step 3: Casting
After wearing your shrinker for approximately two weeks, our prosthetist will make a mold of your residual limb. The mold is used to make your test socket.
Step 4: Test Fitting
You will return in a few days for a test fitting using the new test socket. You will wear and walk in the test socket. Our prosthetist makes adjustments to the test socket using your feedback. Once it feels comfortable, your prosthesis can be fabricated in a few days.
Step 5: Initial Prosthesis
Again you will return in a few days to be fit with your Initial Prosthesis. This prosthesis is taken home and worn for several months until your limb stabilizes in volume.
Step 6: Definitive Prosthesis
Your Initial Prosthesis will eventually need replacement due to wear or tear or to physical changes in your residual limb. It will be replaced with a Definitive Prosthesis which is sometimes called a Permanent Prosthesis. The term “permanent” is deceiving because no prosthesis lasts forever.
Step 7: Learning to Walk with Your Prosthesis
Physical therapy should be an important part of your recovery immediately after your amputation and after you receive your prosthesis. CFM will help direct you to a prosthetic therapy program so you can learn to use your prosthesis appropriately and to your fullest potential.