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Choosing a Prosthetist – What You Need To Know

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.

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Helpful Tips for New Amputees

For someone who has recently lost a limb, this unexpected new road is often paved with confusion, frustration, and fear. Likely, it’s a journey you never anticipated; a challenge that seems almost insurmountable. Yet somehow, from deep inside, the courage begins to rise, your resolve strengthens, and eventually you realize this can become a new beginning; a chance to prove to yourself your own strength. As your determination grows, you become encouraged, little by little, that once again life will again be full of opportunities. You CAN enjoy an active life. You will continue to face challenges, but you will also continue to find solutions and strength.

One of the most important things to remember as you embark on the road ahead is that you are not alone. While your immediate friends and family may not fully comprehend the wide array of emotions you feel, there is a great network of amputees that do understand. Two excellent amputee support groups in the greater Raleigh area are:

TAG – Triangle Amputee Group
They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm at Café 3
Stedman Building
Duke Center for Living Campus
3475 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
You can find out more on their website:

WakeMed Amputee Support Group
They meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from
4 to 5:00pm
WakeMed Raleigh Campus Rehab Conference Rm # 2
Rehabilitation Hospital
3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610
For information, call 919-350-8903

We also encourage you to read the tips in this article from The National Amputee Foundation. It offers such fantastic suggestions for managing the practical, day-to-day challenges you face. Please take the time to read it if you can.

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Inspirational quotes: Aug. 26 – Aug. 30, 2013

Did you miss any of our inspirational quotes from last week? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Aug. 26!

Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

“Adversity causes some people to break, others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward

Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

“Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.” – Samuel Johnson

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Inspirational quotes: Aug. 19 – Aug. 23, 2013

Did you miss any of our inspirational quotes from last week? Whether you did or are just looking for an extra dose of motivation, check out the five quotes we loved the week of Aug. 19!

Monday, Aug. 19, 2013

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.” – Toni Morrison

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.” – Ruth Ann Schabacker

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