At Scott Sabolich Prosthetics, we are here to keep you and your prosthesis working at peak functional performance. A prosthesis is a mechanical device and just like your car it requires occasional tune-ups. But even if you take great care of your new prosthesis at some point you will need to replace it.
Depending on your activity level, your prosthesis could last between two and five years. If you believe it needs an adjustment, maintenance or replacement it’s important to contact our office.
WHEN TO GET A FOLLOW UP
You may need a prosthetic check-up if:
- Your prosthesis doesn’t fit well.
- You haven’t seen your prosthetist in at least six months.
- You experience weight gain or loss even if it’s 5 pounds.
- Your activity level has changed.
A prosthesis, (or components of) normally require replacement when one of the following takes place:
- The socket is markedly discolored
- You have had revision surgery
- There is a change in the size or shape of your residual limb
- The socket is worn out or cracked. A socket usually lasts 2 to 4 years depending on your activity level
- The socket no longer fits. A change in weight as small as 2% of your bodyweight could cause changes that require additional adjustments.
After receiving your prosthesis, you’re often in need of prosthetic supplies—including suspension sleeves, liners, socks and/or shrinkers. Please contact our office for help getting everything you need. Our supply coordinator will contact you after delivery of your prosthesis for scheduled supply needs.
Developing a strong emotional support system is vital for most patients. It can include family members, friends, counselors, therapists and even your prosthetist or physician.
Getting to know other amputees can be very therapeutic. Amputees support groups are available nationwide and we host our own as a Virtual Amputee Support Group called M o d i f i e d. You can access our group from the comfort of your own home and invite friends and family as well. Ask anyone at our office for the schedule and Zoom meeting code. We would love to have you join us.