Why Advantage P&O?
Advantage P & O highly trained and expert clinical staff treat young to old, and with varying diagnoses. We are sensitive to each individuals needs and care for each and every patient. Countless hospitals, specialty clinics, insurances, therapists and doctors rely on Advantage P & O’s service to help improve their patients’ lives. We will make sure you receive nothing but the best service and treatment possible.
An amputation is the surgical removal of an appendage or limb. The majority of amputations occur as a result of disease, with diabetes and cardiovascular disease accounting for the greatest percentage (nearly 75%). Almost 25% of amputations are the result of a traumatic accident. A prosthesis is a man-made device to replace your amputated limb. It is custom fit to each individual, taking several factors into consideration, such as your health, lifestyle, age and weight.
What is a Prosthetic?
Prosthetics is the design, fabrication and fitting of custom-made artificial limbs or other assistive devices for patients who have lost limbs as a result of traumatic injuries, vascular diseases, diabetes, cancer or congenital disorders. These devices restore, as completely as possible, the function and appearance of a full or partial missing limb. Because of the vast differences in human anatomy, the fabrication of prostheses is an intricate, custom procedure requiring a high degree of skill combined with sophisticated technology
Your First Prosthesis
Once your limb has healed enough, design and fabrication may begin on your prosthesis. The first prosthesis is called an early-fitting or temporary prosthesis. Many modifications will be made from this and most often, it will not look like a "finished" product. Once your limb has sufficiently reduced in size and it is no longer possible to make adjustments to your early fitting prosthesis, your definitive prosthesis will be made. This will be more functional, lighter, and cosmetically finished, utilizing a protective outer coating. It will take time for you to adjust to your amputation and you may experience feelings of anger, sadness or discouragement. These feelings are a normal part of the grieving process and you should not feel ashamed of having them. Don’t hesitate to discuss your concerns with our prosthetist.
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