The first step after your amputation is for the wound, where your limb was amputated, to heal. This normally takes 4-6 weeks, but depends on the following factors:
Once your surgeon feels that the residual limb (The remainder of the limb that was amputated) is successfully managed and healed they will refer you onto a prosthetist for prosthetic management.
In most cases a prostheses will be fitted 6-9 weeks after amputation.
No. A correct fitting prostheses should be very comfortable and you should be pain free when using it.
My skill as a prosthetist lies in creating an interface between the prosthetic components your body that is comfortable and optimally functional.
As a prosthetist it is important to get to know you the patient well. I would like to understand your daily living activities, recreational activities and aspirations.
Combining your needs and the clinical presentation we can decide together what prosthetic components would best be suited for you!
When looking at the cost of a prosthesis I recommend looking at the cost on the basis of per item cost.
Prosthetics consist generally out of 2 parts:
1. The Socket – This is the interface between you and the prosthetic components generally made from carbon fiber. This cost is generally fixed.
2. The Components – Depending on what your requirements are (Weight, Daily Living Activities, Sport) the components will differ. Components are knee’s, feet, adapters, silicon liners etc. The cost pertaining to components vary greatly.
Prosthesis therefore vary greatly in cost.
This said estimated figures for prostheses are as follow:
I recommend consulting us for an accurate quote.