Roger Wolfson has received tremendous acclaim where it pertains to the use of the Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis (IPOP) Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis (Ipop)technique for leg amputations. This technique involves the application of a rigid cast immediately post-surgery while the patient is still in the operating theater, and the attachment of a prosthesis soon thereafter, enabling the patient to walk in as little as three weeks post-surgery.
Where the opportunity allows, Roger Wolfson can assist the surgeon performing an amputation to remove the affected limb in such a manner as to ensure that the residual limb is better equipped to fit the new prosthetic.
Even with a well-functioning suspension system or set of components consisting of a socket, lock and sleeves, the prosthetic fit is of the utmost importance; since, a comfortable prosthetic socket will ultimately ensure a better outcome during rehabilitation.
Post-operative rehabilitation and ongoing treatment
Once a patient has undergone surgery, it often arises that the residual limb will change frequently during the healing process. In such cases, Roger Wolfson will continue to work with the patient on an ongoing basis and assess the need for adjustments to the prosthetic as time passes, and will fit a new prosthetic should this be necessary.
Medical aid funding Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs)
At Roger Wolfson and Associates, we are passionate about doing whatever it takes in going the extra mile to ensure that our patients receive the funding needed for a basic prosthesis made available within the Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs) Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBS).
It is often the case that patients with regular medical aid plans will not be aware of the funding options available to them within the Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs). Roger Wolfson is equipped to liaise with the medical aid scheme in question on the patients behalf to ensure that the maximum funding is obtained to cater for additional prosthetic needs going forward.
Orthotic and Prosthetic support services
Roger Wolfson and Associates offers a support service to those suffering from sports injuries, including:
- Knee injuries sustained as a result of playing soccer or rugby
- Plantar fasciitis,
- heel or bone spur which can be greatly alleviated with the aid of the correct ankle/foot brace.
Amputee Support Programme
Roger Wolfson and Associates is proud to announce that Casey Blake has recently come on board as an associate. Acting in the capacity of counsellor and specialising in trauma counselling and adjustment counselling for the families of amputees, Casey is also responsible for facilitating as well as coordinating the Roger Wolfson and Associates Amputee Support Programme. The Amputee Support Programme has been specifically designed to provide supplementary training and additional support to amputee counsellors and offers an added facility in the form of an amputee support group workshop which is held on a monthly basis.
A dedicated researcher, along with two others, Roger Wolfson presented a paper entitled: Immediate postoperative prosthesis (IPOP) utilisation in septic and tumour amputees in a government hospital at the Surgeons Conference held in the Drakensburg late in 2009. The paper was published in the SA orthop. j. vol.9 n.1 Pretoria Jan. 2010.