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5 Realities of Your Suture Scar Line

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

We all have a scar story to share. And this isn't any different from the realities of your post-amputation suture scar. Depending on the reason for your amputation, definitive closure of the wound may either take place immediately or delayed until much later.  With proper care and informed actions, we can avoid potential issues in order to reduce risks.

Learn how to manage your suture line post amputation.

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Your Skin's Barrier: Why it's such a big deal!

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

As an amputee, one thing you need to know but may not always come first on your list of priorities is caring for the skin of your residual limb. The skin barrier of an amputee’s residual limb is prone to damage especially when you wear your prosthesis. The shape of your limb changes depending on the weather, your level of activity, your diet and even your daily routine, so the way it fits into your prosthesis also changes, which cause your limb’s skin barrier to eventually break down. 

 Your skin's barrier prevents infection and bacterial infections.

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How to Overturn Prosthetic Insurance Denials Like a Boss

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

We all know that prosthetic bills are not cheap and getting the right insurance coverage for you can help your finances in a big way. When a health insurer rejects your claims for coverage on certain types of treatments, it can get quite frustrating and confusing, especially when you unexpectedly need to cover costs. Don't lose hope though, as you still have the chance to appeal a coverage denial and here’s how you can do that.

Appeal all prosthetic insurance denials with medical justifications and your Prosthetist's help.

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The Emergence of Fiberglass Foot Technology

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Pushing carbon fiber to its limits can result in catastrophic failure. It's highly likely to delaminate and fracture, which is bad news when it comes to getting a replacement from insurance. With fiberglass, however, deformities or stress areas will develop first before it completely breaks. Its excellent fatigue resistance and structural features prevent catastrophic material failure. So, this should ease your mind when you're going heavy on leg day--or any high activity sport.

A fiberglass foot prosthetic offers high durability and flexibility for prosthetic users.

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Marijuana is Legal is California and Why Some Amputees Consider Using Marijuana for Residual Limb Pain

Posted by Bryan Potok, CPO on

Weed may be a controversial topic for some, but more and more studies show that medical marijuana does a lot for pain management. California was the first state to legalize the use of medical cannabis through the Compassionate Use Act of 1996. 56% of voters approved Proposition 215, which allows the use, possession, and cultivation of weed with a physician's recommendation for the treatment of the following: cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, migraine, among all other illnesses for "which marijuana provides relief”.

Marijuana is legal in california and many use it for stump pain.

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