Measuring residual limb
If the patient is a trans femoral (above knee) amputee, the process of measuring the residual limb for the fitting of the first walking prosthesis can take three to five days.
If the patient is a trans tibial (below knee) amputee, the process of measuring the residual limb for the fitting of the first walking prosthesis can take anything from one hour to two days. This timeframe largely depends upon the number of fittings required for both the patient and the prosthetist to be satisfied with the fit.
Upon creating the final prosthesis, the timeframe required up to the last fitting should not exceed longer than three weeks.
Once the initial measurements have been taken, a number of test fittings are carried out which are vital to the comfort of the patient.
At Roger Wolfson and Associates we go the extra mile to do whatever it takes to ensure that the outcome of the prosthesis is to the complete satisfaction of the patient.
At Roger Wolfson and Associates, we like to compare the creation of the prosthesis to the making of a wedding dress. Inasmuch as it is of critical importance to the bride that the fabrication and fit of the dress be of the highest possible standards, so it is to the patient when it comes to the fitting of the prosthesis.
A dedicated dress maker will go the extra mile to ensure the best possible results, and will go above and beyond the usual number of fittings even if that means at no extra cost. In the very same manner, Roger Wolfson and Associates go the extra mile to do whatever it takes to ensure that the outcome of the prosthesis is to the complete satisfaction of the patient. Irrespective of the time it takes or number of fittings required to deliver the best possible results, our goal is to ensure patient comfort, mobility and confidence.
During the prosthetic fitting process the patient also has the option to engage in an extensive rehabilitation exercise programme in consultation with an experienced team of physiotherapists. The decision to carry out this part of the process is largely dependent upon available funding. However, since having initially invested in the prosthesis, the medical aid fund in question would more often than not cover any costs incurred in order to ensure the patient reaps the full benefit of the prosthesis.
Patients report that the rehabilitation exercise programme is highly-intensive, yet, it can also be fun. Roger Wolfson himself can testify to this fact since he regularly participates in the process and especially enjoys the dance class sessions!
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