1. Will I get my life back? YES! If you were able to do it before your amputation, it is our goal to work with you to get you back to that place. There are many advancements in the field that allow us to design a prosthesis to fit YOUR goals and YOUR needs.

2. Will I be able to drive again? Yes, BUT . . . If your amputation is on the left side, you can drive an automatic without any changes. If you are a right amputee you have a few options. You can either learn to drive with your left foot, add hand controls, or you can have a pedal installed that will move the gas to the left side for your left foot. If you are a bilateral, hand controls will be the safest way to go. You may be required by the TX DMV to take the driving test again after your amputation to prove that you can drive with your prosthesis and to have any needed restrictions placed on your license. This is in your benefit to protect your liability.

3. When do I get my prosthesis? There is not an exact set time as to when you will be ready for a prosthesis. Typically, it will be 2 months to 1 year. We need the amputation site to heal. Good indicators to you that you will soon be ready for a prosthesis are the staples/sutures are removed, the suture line is no longer draining, and there is little or no scabbing left of the suture line. Your physician will be the person who will make the final decision as to when you are ready.

4. How long does it take to get a prosthesis? Once you have been given the OK to proceed with a prosthesis, we can have a prosthesis made for you within a week to 3 weeks. Several visits to our office are required to fit the prosthesis to your body and your lifestyle.

5 .How long will a prosthesis last? Each part of a prosthesis has a different life span. The feet and the knees will last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. The warranty from the manufacturer of these parts is typically 2 years. The socket (the part shaped to fit over your limb) will need to be replaced as your limb changes. Typically, it will need to be replaced within the first 6 months – 1 year. There are so many changes that will occur to your limb: the swelling will decrease and your unused muscles will shrink. The second socket can last anywhere from 1 year to 8 years. It all depends upon your lifestyle and your limb. If your start gaining or losing more than 15lbs. your prosthesis may not fit and a socket will need changed.

6 .What does a prosthesis cost? The cost varies based upon the style of prosthesis designed for you and based upon your insurance company’s rates. A below knee prosthesis can be anywhere from $6,000 - $12,000. An above knee prosthesis can be anywhere from $10,000 - $60,000 and beyond.

7 .Will my insurance pay for a prosthesis and all the changes down the road? Most likely the answer is YES. We do a complimentary financial consultation with you when you come in for the eval appointment. Our staff will check your insurance and secondary insurance to determine the financial details. If there is any portion that is not covered, our staff will work with you to create options that you can afford.

Please feel free to give us a call with any questions or comments: 936-634-0013