Resource O&P is committed to individualized patient care. Every situation is unique and each patient has a very personal set of needs and goals in their prosthetic care and rehabilitation.
We begin with highly trained and experienced specialists that start with patient assessment.
Please read the information below for more specifics on each phase of this process:
Pre-Surgery - People do not want to think about an amputation. The last thing on your mind is what shape the residual limb will be in following surgery. However, it is very important to realize that the way the amputation is done will significantly impact your life forever.
Dealing with the Loss of a Limb - The amputation of a limb is a life-changing experience. It is not only a tremendous physical loss, but it can also be emotionally devastating as well. Everybody deals with these feelings in different ways. A key element to the mental, as well as the physical recovery process, is acceptance of the changes you will face in your life. Learning to accept change will help you to be emotionally healthy, enabling you to lead a more fulfilling life.
Phantom Pain - Phantom limb pain is the feeling that your amputated limb is still there. Virtually all amputees have phantom sensations to some degree; a much smaller percentage has phantom pain.
Temporary Prosthesis - After the residual limb heals adequately, your doctor will write a prescription to get a temporary prosthesis.
Final Definitive Prosthesis - Several months after the residual limb has reached a stable size and shape, you will be evaluated for a long-term prosthesis, which will be more cosmetically finished than your temporary prosthesis. Fitting of this prosthesis will require numerous visits and will take a few weeks to complete.
You should plan on at least two appointments per year with your prosthetist to ensure a solid fit and that your devise remains safe and functional.