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General Principles of Revision Surgery

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Revision surgery isn’t something to be taken lightly; it’s more complicated than your initial amputation surgery, and it entails many of the same risks. Nevertheless, many amputees undergo revision surgery to eliminate problems such as pain and infection, among others. 

Amputation revision surgery is considered for issues related to pain, improved prosthetic fit and more.

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Prosthetic Covers: The Basics

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Just like fashionable eyewear, prosthetic covers can highlight the beauty of the human body through 3D scans, design, and other print technologies. In this article, we explore the function and fashion involved in creating prosthetic covers. 

Unyq Prosthetic Cover with a below-the-knee amputees during a photo shoot.

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Prosthetic Sock 101: A Product Guide

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Prosthetic socks, much like foot socks, play the role of skin protector. Its purpose ranges from adding volume to the residual limb to prevent “bottoming out,” to minimizing friction and reducing odor-causing bacteria. But its general design is to help avoid direct contact between your residual limb and the prosthesis while maintaining comfort by adjusting layers as volume fluctuates.

Prosthetic socks with coolmax or x-static can help keep your prosthesis more comfortable.

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2 Types of Exercise that Negate the 'Prosthetic Factor'

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In this article, we explore the Prosthetic Factor—what it is and how negating it can help prosthetic wearers function better than someone who is “able-bodied.” We’ll also delve deep into the benefits of two types of exercise: aerobic or cardio workouts and strength training.

Conditioning your body helps keep you mobile as a prosthetic user.

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A Survival Guide for Caregivers

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

In the healthcare industry, it’s easy to forget about the well-being of caregivers and put all the focus on the patient. However, giving care day in and day out is a demanding and stressful task. And patients can only get the best care possible if caregivers take some time out to care for themselves. 

As a caregiver for an amputee, it's important to take breaks and care for oneself as well.

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