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Once you receive your prosthesis, hopefully you are well on your way to lifelong mobility. But in order to maintain or increase that mobility, prosthetic follow up appointments are necessary to stay on that path.
Initially when you receive your first prosthetic device, your prosthetist should have explained to you that your limb will change rapidly, and in order to maintain that intimate fit with your prosthetic device, follow up appointments should be made regularly within the first 6-12 months. This is necessary until your limb shape and size starts to settle and maintain a consistent volume.
Lifelong Follow Up Care
It is important to allow your limb to adapt to your prosthetic device. Once that has occurred, the need for follow-up care is less frequent, but still valuable and necessary to maintaining and increasing your mobility.
Over time, as you wear prosthesis, you may find the need to have minor adjustments done, a new socket made, or simply the need for newer more advanced type of prosthetic technology.
Some of the reasons a good lifelong follow up program is so critical to an amputees care and success, are as follows:
Prosthetic Fit - New amputees will change shape rapidly. Seasoned amputees can change due to a variety of reasons, including weight fluctuations, health, medication, activity, age, and more.
Weight Fluctuations - If you have increased or decreased your overall weight, that will affect the size and shape of your limb, thus your prosthetic fit.
A Change in Activity - If, for instance, you have increased your activity, this can have an effect on prosthetic fit or how your prosthesis utilized. You may benefit from different technology that is more suitable to your activity change.
Prosthetic/Component Wear - Like most things, prosthetic componentry can wear from prolonged use. It’s important to have your prosthetic device checked regularly for any signs of wear or deterioration.
A Change in Lifestyle - Increased or decreased activity, changes in where you live (your house or the local traverse), or specific activities you now enjoy can be affected by your prosthetic choices.
Advanced Technology - Technology is ever advancing, and you may benefit from that new improved technology.
Lifelong follow up programs are necessary for amputees to get the most out of your prosthetic device. It is an opportunity for you to be able to communicate with your prosthetist, to share any issue that you may be having, or to simply discuss your life and any changes to it and how your prosthetic device plays a role in your daily living.
Let us help you get back to living your life to the fullest.
To meet with a Fourroux Prosthetist for a FREE Consultation at any one of our four locations, or to create a customized follow-up program for you, call 888-810-6220.
In addition to the friendly staff and outstanding service that amputee’s receive while visiting Fourroux, one of most shocking benefits in the eyes of our patients is that most receive their new well fitting prosthesis the very same day they have their appointment.
“I was blown away at how fast they created my prosthesis.” says Peggy, a below-knee amputee. “I went in for my appointment, and left that same day with a new leg that fit fantastic. Now, I can’t imagine having to wait days or weeks for a new prosthesis to be created.”
At Fourroux Prosthetics, advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing systems are used to quickly and accurately capture exact replicas of our patients’ limb. Pain free laser scanning captures a 3D computerized image of an amputees’ limb, and an exact model of that patients’ limb is then created using mold carving machines. All this happens in matter of minutes!
Prosthetic technicians then begin creating the prosthetic socket that the amputee will wear. The entire process happens very quickly, and in most instances an amputees’ prosthesis can be completely created and delivered within the same day.
One extreme benefit of the entire computer aid design and manufacturing system is its accuracy. Most amputees will tell you that if your prosthesis doesn’t fit well, you will have trouble functioning throughout your day. It can lead to pain, and even sores, to the point where you can’t walk at all.
Utilizing this advanced technology eliminates manufacturing inconsistencies which can result in an ill fitting prosthesis. It assists in creating one that exactly matches the shape of your limb, and helps create that intimate fit between you and your prosthesis.
One additional benefit is, the less time your prosthetist is spending creating your prosthesis, the more time they will have to get to know you, your lifestyle and your goals. More time is spent together discussing prosthetic usage, and education. Working with you and discussing your long term care plan.
At Fourroux Prosthetics we utilize the most advanced methods and technology to create a well fitted, custom prosthesis that is designed with you, your lifestyle and your goals in mind.
We also welcome you to schedule a FREE consultation at any one of our locations. Meet the Fourroux staff, meet other patients and see our world class care facilities in action. See for yourself the Fourroux Difference!
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Rick Lowry. Rick was our Patient Care Coordinator based out of Nashville, TN. He passed unexpectedly on April 28th, 2018.
Rick was an enthusiastic, energetic person who loved the opportunity to talk about Fourroux. He adored the personal and professional relationships that he had built over the years, and would go above and beyond to foster strong relationships with anyone that he would come in contact with.
He will be remembered fondly by the many of us who got to know his vibrant, caring personality and bright welcoming smile.
Rick was a loving husband and father of three. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family, friends, professional colleagues and those of us here at Fourroux.
May you rest in peace, Rick Lowry.
The woman highlighted in this testimonial holds an extra special place in our hearts. Meet Mia Roberts, the office administrator of our Fourroux - Atlanta office, who also has utilized a prosthesis for many years now. Mia experienced an Above Knee (Transfemoral) amputation due to car accident in 1996, when she was on the way to high school during her senior year. Her determination and strength motivated her to push forward and despite the hardships she faced, she strived to regain her mobility.
Mia obtained a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling because she wanted to assist others with disabilities to get back to work. She has worked in the O&P industry since 2009 - providing her administrative skills, as well as peer to peer counseling to patients just like her.
Mia’s passion for what she does is evident - “I’m always a phone call, text, or an email away. I enjoy what I do and I’m ecstatic when I can assist other individuals with their prosthetic needs!"
There aren’t enough words to express how much of a difference Mia has made in the lives of those she’s encountered. She is a powerful woman, who has supported and inspired countless individuals and she continues to do so on a daily basis.
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It's mid-January, and for most amputees, what comes with Winter weather can be a challenge...snow & ice. A recent article in Amplitude Magazine highlighted an article that is worth mentioning, called "Ten Tips for Getting Around Safely on Ice & Snow" (Amplitude Magazine - Jan/Feb 2018 Issue).
Most amputees know that daily terrain can be a challenge, let alone adding ice and snow to the mix. This article provides amputees with 10 tips to better prepare themselves when dealing with Mother Nature's Winter elements!
Amplitude Media Group publishes "Amplitude Magazine", a free bimonthly publication that highlights news, articles and resourceful information for amputees. According to Amplitude Media Group, this magazine provides amputees with content on a wide variety of topics, including peer support, active living, emotional issues, health and wellness, mobility and adaptive living.