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Frequently Asked Questions By Our Patients

My doctor says I will need an amputation. When should I contact a prosthetist?
You may contact a prosthetist as soon as possible, and you can begin by asking for referrals from your team of medical professionals.  For exceptional care, the practitioner and facility you choose should be certified and accredited by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics, & Pedorthics (ABC). 

How long after I have the amputation surgery until I get my artificial limb?
Many factors help determine when you will receive the prosthesis.  Most amputees are ready for an artificial limb after 6-8 weeks.  The fabrication process generally takes 3-4 weeks, and you will have several appointments with your prosthetist to make sure it fits correctly.  Once you receive your prosthesis, rehabilitation continues to maximize function and mobility.

Will my residual limb change size?
Yes, over a period of time following your surgery, your residual limb will shrink and gradually change shape.

Can I sleep with my prosthesis on? 
No, it is recommended that you remove your prosthesis before going to sleep.

Can I wear different shoes with my prosthesis?
You can wear different shoes, but it is recommended that they be of similar heel height.  The prosthesis is aligned with a shoe that you provide; changing the shoe and heel height can affect the fit of the prosthesis.  A low heel walking shoe is best for maximum stability; altering your shoes can also be an option.  Ask your prosthetist about prosthetic feet that accommodate high-heeled shoes.

Can I drive a car with my lower limb prosthesis? 
An amputee will most likely be able to safely resume driving with the assistance of adaptive devices.  Contact your car insurance company and local Department of Motor Vehicles for more information.

How often should I see my prosthetist?
Follow-up visits are recommended every 3 to 6 months for normal maintenance and care.  However, an inspection should be performed if you’ve experienced even a slight weight gain or loss or if your activity level has changed.

Do I need a prescription for your services?
You will need a prescription for a prosthesis, an orthosis, and for all office visits.

Does my insurance pay for your services?
Many insurance companies partially or fully cover a variety of orthotic and prosthetic services.  You may need preauthorization for an orthotic/prosthetic product or service; contact your insurance company with any questions to fully maximize your benefits.

Helpful Links

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A Manual for Above-Knee Amputees
www.oandp.com/resources/patientinfo/manuals/akindex.htm

A Manual for Below-Knee Amputees
www.oandp.com/resources/patientinfo/manuals/bkindex.htm

Amputee Coalition of America (ACA)
www.amputee-coalition.org

American Diabetes Association
www.diabetes.org

Association of Children's Prosthetic-Orthotic Clinics (ACPOC)
www.acpoc.org

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
www.cdc.gov/diabetes

Disabled Online
www.disabledonline.com

Easter Seals
www.easterseals.com

Exceptional Parent
www.eparent.com

Information About Diabetes
www.informationaboutdiabetes.com

Inner Wheel USA
www.innerwheelusa.com/foundation

International Child Amputee Network
www.child-amputee.net

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International
www.jdrf.org

LimbDifferences.org
www.limbdifferences.org

Limbs for Life Foundation
www.limbsforlife.org

National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
www.ncpad.com

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
www.nichcy.org

National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA)
www.nmeda.org

Northwestern University Prosthetics Research Laboratory and Rehabilitation Engineering Research Program
www.medschool.northwestern.edu/depts/repoc

Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund
www.opfund.org

Orthotics and Prosthetic Online
www.oandp.com

Orthotics & Prosthetics Standards and Credentials
www.oandpcare.org

Prosthetics Outreach Foundation (POF)
www.pofsea.org

Prosthetic Research Study
www.prs-research.org

Spinal Cord Injury Information Network
www.spinalcord.uab.edu

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)
www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Sports

Active Amp
www.activeamp.org

Adaptive Sports Foundation
www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org

American Amputee Hockey Association (AAHA)
www.usahockey.com/aaha

Amputee Sport and Recreation
www.amputee-online.com/amputee/sportrec.html

Athletes Helping Athletes
www.roadrunnersports.com/rrs/content/topic.jsp?contentId=1800024

Blaze Sports
www.blazesports.com

Challenge Magazine
www.dsusa.org/challenge.html

Challenged Athletes Foundation
www.challengedathletes.org

Disabled Sports USA
www.dsusa.org

National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA)
www.nagagolf.org

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.
www.narha.org

Wheelchair Sports, USA
www.wsusa.org

U.S. Paralympics
www.usolympicteam.com/paralympics

Professional Organizations

American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)
www.oandp.org

American Board for Certification (ABC)
www.abcop.org

American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association (AOPA)
www.aopanet.org

National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics & Prosthetics (NAAOP)
www.naaop.org

National Commission on Orthotic and Prosthetic Education (NCOPE)
www.ncope.org

 

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