What to Expect
Each APO patient is treated as an individual and receives personalized service in every aspect of care. New patients are welcomed by office and certified staff members, who provide information and orientation on what to expect during the examination and fitting process.
WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN GETTING YOUR FIRST PROSTHESIS
Most amputees are ready for their first prosthesis about six to eight weeks after surgery, after their residual limb has healed properly. Fabricating a prosthesis generally takes three to four weeks. In brief, here is what you can expect over the course of several appointments.
- A review of your overall health and medical history.
- Questions about your rehabilitation goals and expectations, such as returning to work, engaging in athletic or recreational activities, living/caregiver arrangements, and more.
- Assessment of your muscle strengths and weaknesses as well as range of motion/flexibility of the involved and surrounding joints, not only of your residual limb, but your sound limb as well.
- Measurements of your residual limb and your sound limb.
- Creation of a plaster mold of your residual limb to create a test socket to see how the socket fits against the skin, compresses muscle tissue and allows room for any bony protrusions.
- Assessment of your mobility or your function with the prosthesis, and further adjustments to maximize your comfort and fit.
- Fabrication of your “permanent” prostheses.
- Your final customized prosthesis will be fitted to you. You will receive a wearing schedule to give your body time to get used to the prosthesis.
- Follow-up visits are expected for minor adjustments to ensure you have a comfortable, stable gait, or in the case of an upper-limb prosthesis, comfortable use of your arm, hand, and wrist.
- Continued visits to your physical therapist are recommended to ensure you get the most from your prosthesis.