Pre and Post-Surgical Prosthetic Consultations
Treasure State Orthotics and Prosthetics offers pre-surgical consultations for prospective amputees, their families, and their friends at no charge and with no obligation. Our certified Prosthetists provide tours of the facility and explain our philosophy of care. We discuss concerns, goals, and possible treatment options with the individual and even encourage visiting multiple prosthetic companies to make an informed decision.
TSOP collaborates with other medical professionals as part of our team approach to prosthetic care. Our Prosthetists offer expertise to surgeons before procedures, in order to determine optimal amputation lengths for their patients. Upon request, Prosthetists will visit area hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and nursing facilities to conduct appointments.
When Prosthetists meet with amputees post-surgery, they are prepared to answer inquiries about wound care, address issues like phantom limb sensation, and discuss what lies ahead in the prosthetic process. We are available to you as a resource to aid you in your next step towards recovery and return to your everyday independent lifestyle. We will also provide you with an information packet that will help to answer many of your questions.
When patient are met for their initial evaluations, we listen to their need and wants and aspirations. Our philosophy is that losing a limb does not necessarily require lifestyle changes. TSOP has years of experience with helping amputees achieve, and even exceed, their physical ambitions. Our patients range from those who wish to navigate around the house to those who compete as world-class athletes.
Our evaluation process includes listening to what a patient’s needs and wish’s are, compiling a detailed medical history, evaluating the residual limb, and taking measurements. The Prosthetists at TSOP review options and work to design a suitable prosthesis. We use evaluations as a catalyst for our relationships with patients and their specific treatment plans. As our patients progress, we will constantly reevaluate their progress and their prosthesis to either confirm or change our clinical direction.
Fitting and Making a Prosthesis
TSOP is known for successfully fitting a wide array of amputees, even those who have not yet achieved a good fit for their socket interfaces at other prosthetic facilities. Working from the evaluation plan, our prosthetic team employs specialized fitting techniques that are unique to the industry.
When a client is satisfied with the evaluation and the prosthetist has a prescription to make a prosthesis, the fitting process begins with casting over the residual limb and fabricating a diagnostic check socket. TSOP makes check sockets out of clear plastic, allowing the Prosthetist to observe the weight bearing area, weight tolerant areas, pressure points and problem areas. If necessary, we make multiple preliminary sockets to achieve the right fit, including a walking check socket that can be used in the office or out on a home trial. This well-established TSOP process is unparalleled in the profession and ensures a better and more consistant fit, even before fabrication begins.
By investing time in the diagnostic process, fitting issues are minimized during fabrication. As a result, we can design prosthetic sockets that encourage muscle growth in the residual limb, and we supply training to rebuild residual muscles, which is critical to achieving a healthy gait pattern on various forms of terrain and participating in an array of activities. TSOP asserts that a prosthetic limb is only as good as its socket interface – proper fit for proper function.
Once the socket interface is comfortable, a final definitive socket is created in our on-site lab and connected to the prosthetic componentry by Next Step technicians. These components are carefully selected from leading manufacturers by a client’s prosthetist based on the information gleaned from his evaluation. With our team of prosthetists, assistants, and technicians, adjustments are easily made during delivery appointments and in follow-up visits for optimal performance and ultimate safety. Throughout the prosthetic process, Next Step works as part of a client’s medical support network to furnish the best prosthesis possible. Regardless of the functions provided by the most sophisticated mechanical devices, the most important factors in the usefulness of an artificial leg are fitting of the socket and alignment of the various parts with respect to the body and with respect to each other. Fitting and alignment are difficult procedures that require a great deal of skill on the part of the prosthetist and a great deal of cooperation on the part of the patient.