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Our experienced, professional staff are committed to helping amputees live active and productive lives. Whether your goals are to be back at work, active in athletics, or to simply be mobile and independent, we want to provide a device that not only suits your lifestyle, but also in fit and feel becomes a natural extension.

Keeping abreast of the latest in modern technology and components, we use our skilled craftsmanship to create custom made appliances with unparalleled fit, comfort and functionability.

We Manufacture all types of lower and upper extremity prosthetics on site, and have an excellent reputation for successfully fitting all of our clients, no matter how difficult or challenging it may be.

Do you employ an ABC certified Prosthetist and Orthotist?

Yes, all of our professional clinical staff is ABC certified or board eligible. We currently employ three Certified Prosthetists and Orthotists, as well as a Certified Orthotist. We also have 2 NCOPE residents on staff.

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Do you employ any amputees on staff?

Do most insurance plans pay for limbs?

Yes, most insurance plans pay for most or all of a medically necessary prosthesis.

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Is Treasure State Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic on my insurance plan?

Treasure State O&P participates with most major insurance plans as well as Medicare, Medicaid and Workmans Comp. We work closely with the insurance companies that we are not in network with to negotiate prices/terms, etc. to benefit the patient.

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Does prosthetic care at your facility cost more than others?

No. The insurance companies set their own price schedules. If we are contracted with your insurance company, we can only bill the contracted rate. If we not contracted, we make every effort to keep costs at a minimum and to negotiate rates with your insurance company.

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How long will it take to make my prosthesis after the cast of my limb is taken?

It usually takes 2-3 appointments to be fit with you custom prosthetic device. Since we manufacture all of our devices in house, our turn around times are second to none. Due to our patients travel issues, we are often able to cast and deliver a prosthesis in 1-2 days. We will strive to provide you with your device in a timely fashion, while maintaining that the fit and function of the device is the most important factor.

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Are your prosthesis made on site or sent to a central fabrication facility?

All of our prostheses are manufactured in our office in our on site fabrication facility. prostheses in our lab at our location. We believe we are better able to control the quality of our devices as well as providing a quicker turna round time to our patients and referrals.

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Do you provide state of the art components?

Yes, we believe that the patient should be provided the best products available today. As each patient is an individual with individual needs and abilities, we will attempt to fabricate and fit the most appropriate device and component for their needs. We provide Freedom feet, Flex Foot, Ossur, Century XXII, Seattle, USMC, Alps, Alpha, Otto Bock and many other components available on the market. We work closely with the patient to determine their needs and fit the patient to the components.

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What will I be able to do, once I am fit with my prosthesis?

Our main goal is to return you to your ‘regular’ life of independence. Unless you have other health issues, we hope that after your amputation, you will be able to do most everything you were able to do prior to your amputation. This may mean that you need to modify the way you do it, but our experience is that the human spirit is unbreakable, and if people want to accomplish something bad enough, they will find a way.

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I feel alone, is there someone I can talk to about what I am going through?

Yes. There are a number of professionals that you can talk with to help you cope with these changes to your life. Also, we have patients that have volunteered to talk to other people in their situation. They are not professional councilors, but, they are people that have had to deal with the same things you are going through.

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How long can I expect my prosthesis to last?

Your prosthesis will most likely need to replaced because it does not fit any longer, not because it has worn out or broken. Proper fit of your prosthetic socket is incredibly important to prevent skin breakdown issues while maintaining maximal control of your device and optimum gait mechanics. As your residual limb changes size your prosthesis will need to be modified for fit. Once the socket can no longer be modified, a new socket will need to be fabricated. In general, you should plan on seeing your prosthetist every 6 months, or if your weight has increased or decreased by 10 lbs.

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How long does it take to be fit with an orthotic device?

The normal turn around time for our orthotic devices is 24hrs. That said, if time is at a premium or travel is a concern, we can fabricate most of our devices for fitting the same day that they are cast.

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How long does it take to be fit with a Prosthetic leg?

It depends on the patient and the level of amputation, but on average, it will take 3-6 appointments to fit your prosthesis. The usual sequence of events include an consultation, evaluation and casting appointment, followed by an appointment to assess the fit of the diagnostic test socket. Depending on the overall fit, comfort and function of this test socket, we will either fabricate a second test socket to ensure proper fit, or we may continue on to completion of the definitive laminated socket. Since we manufacture everything in our office, some of these appointments can take place on the same day. For patients who travel to our office from out of town or out of state, we routinely cast fabricate and fit a completed device in 2 days or less.

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Are your devices made in your office or sent to an off site facility?

All of our offices have their own independent fabrication lab. We make all of our devices at our office. This allows us to better control our quality as well as ensuring that our turn around time for our devices are the best in the industry. Most of our devices are able to be fabricated and fit within 24hrs of casting. Although we make sure to take our time to ensure the proper fit and function of the device, we feel that the quicker the patient can receive their device, the sooner they are able to return to their regular routines and life.

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How much will my device cost?

It depends on the device that you are being fit with. Your device is custom designed and fit to you, so each device we fabricate is specific to a specific patient in terms of design, materials and components. In addition to that, each insurance company has their own fee schedule, and as a result we do not set our own prices. We adhere to the insurance companies guidelines. The best thing to do is to contact our office staff to discuss your individual insurance situation.

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Will my insurance company pay for my device?

Most insurance plans pay for most or all of a device that is medically necessary. Our office staff will make sure of your coverage, and will discuss your responsibilities with you. We are contracted with most insurance plans as well as Medicare/Medicaid and Workman’s Comp. If we are not contracted with your insurance company, we will work closely with them to negotiate our rates and terms to keep costs to a minimum.

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What do I look for in a Prosthetic or Orthotic provider?

Choosing the correct Prosthetist or Orthotist is extremely important. We consider our relationship with our patients to one of trust and mutual respect. As many of the pathologies we deal with require you to need care for the rest of your life, it is important to be comfortable with the person you are working with. Having a Prosthetist or Orthotist that has been Certified by the American Board for Certification, (ABC), ensures that your provider has passed the strictest tests available in the industry. Also, the facility should be accredited. This ensures that the facility has surpassed national safety standards. At TSOP we are accredited by ABC and NCOPE, (National Commission for Orthotic and Prosthetic Education), which allows us to be a residency site for post graduate students.

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Where can I get information about prosthetics and my amputation?

There are many resources available. We at Treasure State Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic, (TSOP), have put together a packet of information and literature that can help to answer a number of your questions. Call our office to schedule a complimentary appointment in order to answer your questions, or to be sent a packet. Our practitioners are always available to answer any of your questions. We do not charge for any consultation or evaluation. If you are scheduled for surgery but have some questions, feel free to contact us for a pre-prosthetic consultation, once again, at no charge.

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I’m facing an amputation. What should I do first?

The prospect of facing an amputation is a daunting task to fathom. At Treasure State Orthotic and Prosthetic Clinic, we have many sources of information that can answer a number of your questions. Contact our office for a pre-surgical or post surgical consultation at no charge. Hopefully we will be able to set your mind at ease and help you see the light at the end of the tunnel.

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My doctor has written a prescription for me to be fit. What do I do?

Call our office. Our patient care specialists will be able to schedule you for your appointment. All of our evaluations, consultations and appointments are free of charge.

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