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The Importance of Prosthetic Follow-Up Care

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.

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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 locations, or to create a customized follow-up program for you, call 888-810-6220.

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Fourroux Prosthetics Educational Seminars

 5Star "The course was very interactive, not your typical seminar where you just sit and listen to the speaker.  They even had amputees share their experiences on how to deal with loss of limb."  Amelette Bolton - Director of Rehab, Life Care Center of Hickory Woods

 5Star "I was impressed with the clarity of the presentation and the passion displayed by the presenters.  The demonstration of the use of current technologies to speed the process of prosthetic fabricaton was impressive.  The presenters emphasized the ability to have a pain-free gait in a well-fitting prosthetic, which will help the therapists identify these problems with their patients and keep their progress moving forward."  Aren Swogger - Phyiscal Therapist, Life Care Center of Hickory Woods

 

banner pages educational seminar[Approximately 90 TN healthcare professionals attend a Fourroux Prosthetics Education Seminar in Antioch, TN.]

Fourroux recognizes that in order to have success outcomes for amputees, a TEAM approach to prosthetic care is necessary. This TEAM approach often includes the amputees Doctor, Nurse, Physical Therapist, Case Manager, the Prosthetist…and most importantly input from the amputee and their family.

For the TEAM to be successful, we at Fourroux Prosthetics work closely with these groups of healthcare professionals by providing Prosthetic Educational Seminars, in order to work more collaboratively when deciding an amputees prosthetic needs today.

These seminars are designed for healthcare professionals to discuss current prosthetic solutions for amputees, today and into the future, as amputees will need a lifetime of prosthetic care.

We discuss important topics, such as:

  • Correct prosthetics intervention
  • Traditional methods of prosthetic care vs. today’s advancements in prosthetics
  • The use of CAD/CAM technology and it’s benefits
  • Follow-up programs
  • Overall prosthetic care approaches for successful amputee outcomes

banner pages educational seminar 2[Fourroux utilizing group discussions during a Fourroux Prosthetics Education Seminar in Antioch, TN.]

These Prosthetic Educational Seminars are tailored in content, size and length depending on the needs of those requesting and attending the seminar.

If you are a healthcare professional, and would like more information about our Prosthetic Educational Seminars, please contact us today at 888-810-6220, or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to discussing how you can join us at Fourroux Prosthetics, and become a part of an amputees successful prosthetic TEAM!

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