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Information for New Amputees

Welcome to American Orthopedics. Our staff is here to help you in any way we are able. If we can be of assistance with special needs, please make them known to us.

Clothing

It is very helpful for initial evaluation and subsequent fitting appointments for your prosthesis (artificial limb) if you wear (or bring with you) clothing that will allow full access to your residual limb. This might mean comfortable shorts if you are a below the knee (BK) amputee or perhaps loosely fitting shorts, a bathing suit, or leotards if you are an above the knee (AK) amputee. We are concerned with your feelings and will make every effort to assure your privacy and comfort.

Shoes

It is important that you bring with you, at the time of measurement or first fitting, a pair of shoes that fit you properly and have a reasonable heel height. The shoes are the foundation for the prosthesis and are your “connection” to the ground. Your shoes should be in good repair (that is, the heels should not be badly worn down), well constructed, and reasonably light weight. We will do all that we can to ensure that your prosthesis is as lightweight as possible. This effort can be easily lost with the use of heavy shoes. For the most part, the foot and ankle of a prosthesis cannot accommodate a wide range of heel heights. Remember, your sound ankle can automatically compensate for higher or lower heels. The prosthesis cannot do this without major modifications. Popular athletic shoes such as running shoes (New Balance, Reebok, or others) work very nicely, as they are fairly lightweight and soft. This type of footwear helps to cushion the step of the prosthesis and lessen the shock to your limb. If you have questions about appropriate footwear, discuss it with your prosthetist.

Limb Wrapping

Swelling is normal and to be expected for new amputees. It is very important that the residual limb be kept under moderate compression. This can be in the form of shrinker socks that you may already be wearing or will be fitted with, Ace wraps, or a Removable Rigid Dressing (RRD). Please keep the wrap on, even on the day you are coming in for measurement and fitting. We would prefer that we remove the compression just prior to measurement so that we will not take a cast of a swollen limb. The compression wrap or RRD should be worn 24 hours per day except for the time you are cleaning or dressing the amputation site.

Appointments

We take great effort to assure that your scheduled appointments are made in a timely manner. We will attempt to work around your schedule as much as possible. Please be on time for your appointments. Please do not come in more than 5 or 10 minutes early, as we will rarely be able to see you before your appointed time. Please do not be late and if you must cancel, call us as early as possible so that we can schedule someone else for that time period. We do not overbook and will do all that we can to see you at your appointed time. There will occasionally be instances beyond our control that may require you to wait. We try very hard to minimize this, but due to emergency hospital work and clinical schedules, there may be instances that you have to wait. If this occurs we will do all that we can to make you comfortable and will try to minimize your inconvenience.

Financial Policy

Our knowledgeable and helpful staff will do all that we can to assist you with the financial requirements for your prosthesis. It is our policy to accept assignment from most third party payers. If you do not have Medicare supplemental insurance, you will be responsible for any co-pays, (usually 20% after deductibles). You may also be responsible for co-pays and deductibles from private insurance, depending on your policy.

We are approved by most major carriers, including Ohio BWC, Medicaid, BCMH, and the Veteran’s Administration. As each individual contract varies, your specific coverage will be verified and explained to you upon completion of initial evaluation and once your prosthetic needs have been determined.

We will as members of your rehabilitation team, in consultation with your physicians and physical therapists, do all that we can to provide the most appropriate prosthetic care for your individual condition. If you have special needs, please discuss them with your practitioner.