When you become an amputee you are brought into a whole new world of learning. I’m actually still learning and it’s been 3 years since my amputations.
When you finally find that prosthetic company that really hits home with you and you just know they’re the one for you, there is a process. In my next few blogs I am going to try and explain that process to the best of my ability.
With that being said, let’s hop to it!
Depending on the prosthetist, your initial consultation is just to discuss what your options are.
The world of prosthetics has evolved tremendously and there are quite a lot of different designs to choose from and companies to go with.
Lucky for us though, our prosthetist is specialized and trained on how to really get to know you and what might be the best option for you. Like I’ve said in my previous post (insert blog link) it depends on what type of life style you have. Are you an athlete, are you young, are you older?
Once, you’ve really gotten a handle on who will have the honor of making your leg(s) they will begin the casting.
This will usually take from four to six weeks after your surgery, so that swelling and tenderness has subsided. Creating a more comfortable and spot-on cast. There are many forms of casting, though, the most effective and most practiced form is the process of using a plaster cast. Plaster casting is molded around your residual limb which, in turn, makes your cast the most custom made it can get, it forms around each crevice, bump, etc.
This process can be a little personal, depending on the extent of your amputations, so don’t be too alarmed if you have to get down to your knickers. LOL