About Real Life Prosthetics™
Among our clinical and technical staff, we have over 100 years of experience and know how to choose among today’s high-tech componentry to best meet the needs of our patients. We draw our experiences from caring for people in all walks of life with amputations: from pediatric to geriatric amputees and from extreme athletes to people seeking to better their appearance and social function. We turn each individual’s goal into a reality when we match the desires of each amputee with the proper design.
The basic goal of our staff is to achieve the best fit, beginning with the socket which is the foundation for the rest of the prosthesis. From the amounts of extensive education, training, and experience each of our Prosthetists and Technicians have help each amputee obtain their desired goals. We make practical and effective use of several tools and methods in the design of the socket. We use several methods of casting: pressure casting, hand casting, digital scan (Tracer CAD) casting, and vacuum casting. A transparent “test socket” is made of flexible thermoplastics after the initial casting, which allows the Prosthetist to view pressure points, contact points, and guarantee that delicate areas of the residual limb are accommodated.
The test socket is filled with plaster to reproduce the shape and contours of the residual limb once the desired fit is accomplished. From this mold the definitive socket is formed typically using durable, lightweight carbon fiber composite materials. However, we do have other materials at our disposal to select from if you decide to not chose a carbon fiber.
Adapters are built into the preformed socket for securing the particular componentry for the needs of an individual prosthetic user, which can be terminal devices, pylons, knees, feet or various other components. Our team chooses the most suitable component for each individual’s goals using our catalogue which consists of components in a variety of weights, sizes and functions. The more technically advanced componentry do require warranty servicing. A follow-up appointment will also be scheduled once the prosthetic user becomes accustomed to the new device.
Each patient is prepared with plenty of information about their specific device. Our Prosthetists keep detailed progress notes on our patients, and the attending physician is kept informed of concerns and developments. We take pride in being there for our clients throughout these important stages of progress.