For most patients, the initial visit begins with a comprehensive evaluation. This includes examining the residual limb and discussing the patient’s experiences and state of mind. If the patient is already wearing a prosthesis, it will be examined as well. You can expect to spend between two and three hours.
For lower extremity patients, a thorough gait analysis is conducted and the alignment of the body is checked and measured. For upper extremity patients, manual dexterity is evaluated and upper body strength may be tested.
The initial visit is also the patient’s opportunity to see our facility. Meeting our staff and getting to know our professional care team is a very important part of the first visit. We also like to bring patients together to share experiences and advice.
In most cases the prosthetic fitting process will span two or more weeks, so patients spend many hours at our center. We want our patients to feel comfortable, welcome and right at home from the very beginning.