At G.R.E. Prosthetics and Orthotics, we specialize in many state-of the art devices. It should be noted that there is no “best” prosthesis on the market. What makes a prosthesis “best” is how well it allows the patient to maximize their goals and potential. At G.R.E. the design of the prosthesis will reflect the communication between the practitioner and the patient. An extensive evaluation of each patient’s individual needs will help determine the exact design of the device. Most devices are one-of a kind.
The prosthetic process is a carefully planned out, fluid transition between the patient’s post-operative recovery and their return to their previous lifestyles. There are several steps that each patient must take to prepare them to return to an active lifestyle. This involves several fittings and multiple adjustments, which allow each individual to regain their confidence, stability, and self-dependency that may have diminished prior to our assistance. At G.R.E. Orthotics and Prosthetics, it is our goal and passion to make each of our patients comfortable and find solutions for each unique situation presented before us.
For each patient to feel comfortable with the standard progression of treatment, it is important for them to fully understand the process. As practitioners, our care begins directly after the surgeon’s care is finished. A prescription is needed from the referring doctor and the insurance companies will be contacted by our office before care begins. G.R.E. O&P will help coordinate your insurance benefits.
After patients schedule with G.R.E. Orthotics and Prosthetics to begin their prosthetic limb, A detailed computer scan is taken of their limb and each patient is explained our expectations and time period involved with the process. Upon their next appointment, the initial fitting process begins with checking the fit of the first trial socket. The socket is the most important aspect of a prosthetic. A high-quality fit results in the socket supporting uniform pressure around the residual limb. A comfortable fit is the foundation of any prosthetic limb.
When a well-fitted socket is completed, the clinician will be able to make gait adjustments to the components of the prosthesis, allowing for smooth gait repetition. This is a process that will continue to be fine-tuned for the rest of the prosthetic’s duration, as patients become more comfortable and synchronized with their devices. After initial alignment is reached, each patient will experience a trial period, in which they can experience a feel for their prosthetic device in their everyday environment. After the trial period, a final lamination of the socket begins. This next laminated socket is the final socket, which will then be connected to the distal componentry of the leg.
First time wearers are often skeptical of their return to activity. However once fitted, they are pleasantly surprised with the outcome of their device. As you will see through our website testimonials, our patients have left any stigma of the prosthetic limb behind them and have chosen to live their lives under their own stipulations and not their disability’s.