Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Rehabilitation Team?

A team of specialists that will assist in your rehabilitation. At minimum it would consist of your physician and prosthetist. Frequently, a physical therapist is also usually part of the rehabilitation team of a new amputee. However, many other specialists might be included depending on your needs. These may include: an occupational therapist, rehabilitation counselor, wound care specialist, or social worker.

2. How soon after my amputation will I be able to walk?

That depends on how quickly you heal. A healthy person with good circulation and no postoperative complications might be ready to use a temporary prosthesis 3 or 5 weeks after surgery.

3. How often Should I see my Prosthetist?

You should return to MIH Clinic at least twice a year to be sure your device retains optimum fit and remains safe and functional. Some components have specific maintenance requirements, which will be discussed at the time of delivery.

4. When will I be ready to receive my definitive prosthesis?

The permanent prosthesis is prescribed when your limb volume has begun to stabilize and you have progressed in your gait training. This might occur from three to six months after you receive your temporary prosthesis.

5. I can still feel my leg even though my leg has been amputated, is this normal?

Yes, it is. This is called phantom sensation, and most amputees experience it. If it is uncomfortable, speak to your physician about treatment options.

6. Can I continue playing sports with my prosthesis?

Yes, you can resume sports activities using their prosthesis. Some sports, such as swimming and sprinting, require specially-designed limbs, which is why it’s important to discuss your specific athletic needs with your prosthetist.

7. How long will my Prosthesis last?

The components are designed to last from 2 to 4 years, but it depends on how aggressively they are used. The socket is designed to last for 2 to 4 years also, though most sockets are replaced because of changes in the residual limb rather than because of wear and tear.

8. How will my prosthesis stay on?

There are many different suspension methods. You should discuss with your prosthetist the best option based on your needs. Some limbs are suspended using suction, and sometimes they are assisted by a suspension sleeve. Suspension can be obtained from a pin mechanism attached to a roll-on liner, and some prostheses are attached using straps or extensions of the socket.

9. What is Durable Medical Equipment (DME) ?

Durable medical equipment is any medical equipment used in the home to aid in a better quality of life. DME is used to provide additional support and care to patients outside of the hospital environment and is designed to support both temporary and permanent conditions. Although the term ‘durable’ is used, it can also cover disposable, non-durable items that are used in everyday, essential home healthcare.

10. What are DME Prosthetics and Orthotics?

These items include replacement, corrective or supportive devices used to replace a missing portion of a person’s body. They can also be used to prevent or correct a physical deformity or provide support , restrict or eliminate a weakened condition of a person’s injured body part. This can include braces, supports, crutches, and splints.

11. Do I need a referral from my doctor?

Yes, for most items you will need a detailed prescription from the patient’s healthcare provider, physician’s assistant, or certified nurse practitioner. This allows us to provide the exact medical equipment and supplies necessary and to bill the appropriate insurance carrier for the products and services.

12. Do you provide respiratory services?

Yes, we provide clinical respiratory services.

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