A prosthesis is a valuable device that can allow someone to move around more efficiently or make it possible for them to function independently. However, patients are often unaware of many aspects of the process, which can lead to surprises.
One of the most important first steps is properly preparing the body for a prosthetic by limb shaping, desensitizing the residual limb, and maintaining good hygiene. Taking extra care to follow the preparation steps laid out by your doctor will help you prepare your body for the prosthetic.
Once the residual limb is ready, the prosthetist will perform a range of imaging and measurements to gain all the information needed to create a perfect-fitting prosthetic. However, many test prosthetics and adjustments may be required before the final product is made.
The work is ongoing once the prosthetic is received, too, since there are schedules to follow, physical and occupational therapy, and follow-up appointments. However, the final result of all this effort is a prosthetic created explicitly for you and your needs.
If you have questions about the prosthetic process, contact Lawall Prosthetics & Orthotics, and we can answer your questions or connect you with a support group or peer visitor. There may be a lot that goes into receiving a prosthesis, but we ensure that you will never be alone in this journey.