Services & Prosthetic Solutions
Experiencing the loss of a limb is a major challenge. However, your personal outcomes, your return to mobility and your lifestyle does not have to be overwhelming.
You will need to reassess your life choices to accommodate your new challenges, however, our dedicated team will endeavour to help you achieve the best results for you as an individual.
Following amputation, you will begin the rehabilitation phase while in hospital through the physiotherapy and Prosthetic & Orthotic departments.
You will be provided with an interim prosthesis which usually occurs within weeks of amputation.
Following assessment, the prosthetist will take a plaster cast of your residual limb (stump) which is used to make a reproduction of your residual limb, the template is modified and the socket is manufactured, components assembled, and finally fitting of the prosthesis.
During this early phase you will be under the direction of the physiotherapy department in order to re-educate you in walking using the prosthesis and establish mobility.
The process also initiates the adaptation of your residual limb in volume and shape and the probabilities are that you will require regular modifications to this first prosthesis during the first few months following your amputation.
If you under a Government system particularly in Queensland, you remain on the interim schedule until your residual limb has completed the changes required for prosthetic fit. The multidisciplinary team through the hospital then release you and you choose your prosthetic service provider (PSP) for your first definitive prosthesis.
Once you have chosen your PSP, your assessment performed and discussed with your prosthetist your prosthetic leg and prosthetic limbs requirements, received approval for funding, the process will begin again.
A plaster cast of your residual limb is taken and modified to include all measurements taken by your prosthetist to ensure a comfortable fit.
The socket is molded utilising the plaster cast, using materials such as fibre-glass, carbon fibre or specifically fabricated plastics.
Our prosthetists are trained to use their hands during this process allowing them to determine the small nuances of your residual limb to be incorporated into the socket design to allow for a more comfortable fit.
The type of suspension is discussed during your assessment and the prosthetist will explain the various materials used that mitigate the shock and torque forces between your residual limb and socket during standing and walking with your prosthesis.
Components are chosen for your specific needs, assembled and connected to the socket and you will have your first fitting.
During this appointment, your prosthetist will gauge the socket fit for comfort, check the alignment to provide you with the best possible outcome for walking and train you in gait (walking) while using the prosthesis.
You will be provided with written as well as verbal instructions on how to maintain both your residual limb and your prosthesis, and this will be repeated many times over the next few months.
Once you are comfortable in your fit, and can mobilise you will be asked to trial your prosthesis for approximately two weeks, following which we will make a cosmetic cover for the aesthetic pleasing finish.
Your residual limb will continue to change however your prosthetist will arrange regular appointments for you during the following three-month period, nevertheless it’s very important that if you become uncomfortable or concerned for any reason you arrange an appointment with your prosthetist.
Your prosthetist may be required to adjust certain aspects of your prosthesis to equalise the changes, though if the changes are significant, then a new socket may be required.
The most important goal for your fitting – from the operation to rehabilitation to adapting the prosthesis – is to restore your mobility. Your doctors, therapists, and most importantly your prosthetist and the componentry suppliers want to work with you, supporting you achieve greatest independent lifestyle and maintain or regain your quality of life.
Even though some aspects of your life are going to change, you can lead a very active and mobile life again in the future. This rehabilitation process takes several months on average and is influenced by a variety of factors, including your motivation and a properly adapted prosthesis.
Your active participation is crucial for the success of your rehabilitation.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions of your prosthetist, we are here to assist you in achieving your life goals and ambitions and will offer any assistance we may be able to give.
DEFINITIVE CLIENTS (long term):
Through the system, you follow similar guidelines as for new amputees with the exception you do not need a team to get you going.
The processes are the same, and in many cases as a long term amputee you know better than anyone what works for you.
Our prosthetists listen during your assessment and will offer suggestions based on their knowledge and experience and together you may decide on the best componentry.
Each amputee is different, an individual hence the reason why your prosthesis is ‘custom made’ called custom orthotics.
Fit, comfort and alignment are imperative during the manufacturing and fitting processes. Do not be hesitant in speaking with your prosthetist if you have any issues or concerns, we are here to help!
We offer the services of a number of allied health professionals and amputee support groups through our resources page you can find all the support you may need: