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Amputee Life Blog — Prosthetist

Is Your Prosthetist Retiring? Here's How You Can Deal with It.

Posted by Bryan Potok on

You’ve been going to the same prosthetist for 10 or maybe 20 years. This person may or may not have been the one who held your hand at the beginning of your “amputee life”, but a close bond has been established and working with them is always a breeze. Instead of feeling like a chore, going to your prosthetist for countless checkups and fittings feels like a treat—like seeing a friend to catch up with what’s going on in their lives. This is because your prosthetist has become a good friend to you. However, the inevitable is bound to happen—your prosthetist announces that they will retire soon.

When your prosthetist retires what do you do?

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What to do when your prosthetist leaves your health plan

Posted by Bryan Potok on

You may be among the many who get along well with their current prosthetist, whether they have been with you since the beginning of your journey as an amputee or they are relatively new. They are always there for you, helping you to live well and adjust to your new amputee lifestyle. They know you, and they anticipate your needs just as a friend would.  What do you do when your Prosthetist is no longer in your health plan network?

What do you do when your prosthetist leaves your insurance network.

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Telemedicine: How to Make It Work for Your Prosthetic Care

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Imagine your prosthetist adjusting your prosthesis remotely, right from the comfort of your own home. Prosthetic sockets are getting smarter each day; with technology like SmartPucks and telemedicine,  it’s only a matter of time before your prosthetist will be able to remotely diagnose your hardware.

Telemedicine can help improve your prosthetic care and communication.

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I'm on My Fourth Check Socket - Is this normal?

Posted by Bryan Potok on

Once based more in the arts, prosthetic socket design is now rapidly changing into a science. It has gone a long way from using hard plastic and wooden sockets, and has evolved into contoured, customizable sockets for amputees to get the most out of their prosthesis. Is it normal to go through 3 or 4 check sockets when you receive a new prosthetic leg?

Too many test sockets may not be a good sign when getting a new prosthetic leg.

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Why It's Important to Have an Emotional Connection with Your Prosthetist

Posted by Bryan Potok on

If you’re in the market for a new Prosthetist or you’re thinking of replacing your current one, you may have considered the usual qualifications: education, skills, expertise, and for some, whether they are covered by health insurance. These are all good qualities to consider but you might start looking into another important but often neglected aspect in the patient-prosthetist dynamic that can greatly affect your well-being: an emotional connection.

Emotionally connecting with your limb maker is important.

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