Does it really matter who I choose as my Prosthetist? How big of a difference could it actually make? Well…the truth is, you would be surprised how different your outcome could be if you don’t do your homework. Everything from credentials to communication, availability and of course a good fit should be considered. In the end, choosing the right prosthetist is an important decision that ultimately is up to you. A doctor’s recommendation can be a great place to start, but there are many other factors to consider before you move forward. It’s a great idea to do your research, ask questions, and even take the time to meet the Prosthetist before your decision is made.
Factors to Consider:
Credentials: Is he or she certified by the American Board for Certification? How much experience does this person or company have?
Proximity: All prostheses require follow-up appointments. How far is their office from my house? Do they offer mobile services that can save me time and money?
Communication: Does this person listen and communicate well? Is it easy to talk to them? Do I feel comfortable asking questions? Are they willing to operate through a team approach with my doctor, therapist, and/or caregivers?
Availability: How easily will I be able to get in touch with them for appointments? Who will I call if I have any complications?
Insurance: Will their company accept my insurance? If my device needs a prior-authorization, who will make sure one is received? What will be my out-of-pocket expenses? Do they offer payment plans?
Recommendations: Are there any reviews or recommendations I can find from current patients? (social media or word-of-mouth)
Updated Knowledge: Is this person well informed regarding the latest options, materials, components and research?
Each patient is unique, and finding just the right fit takes time, patience, skill, and open communication. You must be able to express to your prosthetist your lifestyle needs, activities, and goals. Make sure they understand what factors are a priority to you. Your prosthesis should fit comfortably and simply be a tool that helps you function more effectively, not something that slows you down or causes any pain. With a well-fit prosthesis and the right Prosthetist by your side, you really can achieve excellent outcomes in mobility.