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.
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To meet with a Fourroux Prosthetist for a FREE Consultation at any one of our locations, or to create a customized follow-up program for you, call 888-810-6220.