The Prosthetic Process
Whether you are facing amputation for the first time, a brand new amputee, or have lived with limb loss for years, SRT can guide you through your journey and get you the most out of your prosthetic care and rehab.
At SRT Prosthetics & Orthotics, we’re committed to helping you achieve all of your goals and desires. We strive to provide superior rehabilitation techniques and technology that focuses on whole body health. SRT provides physical support while our empathetic, expert staff offers compassionate care for you and your family.
We truly believe that the challenges you face each and every day can be overcome with attention to detail – along with care, compassion, faith and the correct guidance. Our sincere belief in these words, paired with the care we provide and the way we deliver it, allows for unsurpassed quality of service.
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Reducing residual-limb swelling
The use of a shrinker is critical in the shaping and control of swelling of the residual limb for both upper and lower extremity amputees. You will be required to wear a shrinker, and it is to be worn until your physician and prosthetist feel that the residual limb is stable from swelling. This process is different for every individual. Once your residual limb has reached an acceptable shape, it will be time to be evaluated for a prosthesis. It is important to note that the residual limb may also fluctuate in volume depending on lifestyle, time of day, and activity levels.
Receiving your first prosthesis
Receiving your first prosthesis is a unique milestone, and many amputees will tell you that this is the biggest step in returning to a normal lifestyle. The sense of accomplishment when you take your first step in your new prosthesis or operate your upper extremity prosthesis is very rewarding, and some amputees say that this begins the process of feeling whole again.
+ Initial Evaluation
Together, along with your physician and rehabilitation specialists, we will assess your needs and wants in terms of function and comfort.
+ Custom Design and Fitting
Your prosthesis is designed specifically for you through the use of casts, measurements, computer-aided design and working models.
+ First Fitting and Alignment
We ensure that all components work together to maximize your comfort and independence. Alignment is carefully adjusted to your individual gait and balance.
+ Final Fitting
Following a complete check of your prosthesis, you are thoroughly instructed in its capabilities, function and use.
+ Ongoing Follow-up and Care
Following the final fitting, you are then carefully monitored to ensure continuing fit for comfort and alignment, as well as for functionality and use as your activity increases.
+ The Extra Mile
Continuing care is very important. You are given our phone numbers and a patient satisfaction survey and you are encouraged to call us with any questions or concerns, and you will be immediately scheduled for an appointment to evaluate or modify your device. We will work hand-in-hand with you, your physician, and your physical or occupational therapist to assist you in your goal to return to a full, quality-filled life.
Learning to use your prosthesis
The rehabilitation and training process for both upper and lower extremity amputees can be long and sometimes frustrating. SRT prosthetists work very closely with your healthcare team to monitor your progress, and give you the optimal amount of time to learn how to properly use and adapt to your prosthesis. Seeking guidance from your rehab team is an important step in the process. Some patients don’t reach their full potential because they simply do not take advantage of the resources provided to them. At SRT, we offer a unique program known as the Amputee Walking School to help you optimize the use of your prosthesis even after your rehabilitation has ended. The Amputee Walking School, offered exclusively through SRT, is a free program allowing the patient to get the most out of their prosthesis in a casual and fun atmosphere. This program will incorporate your therapist and will show you both advanced techniques that will get you back to doing the things you love.
Getting back to work and activities
With today’s advanced technology and rehab techniques, many amputees are able to return back to work with little or no limitations. Our experience at SRT shows that many with limb loss return to physically demanding jobs regardless of level of amputation.
Many amputees quickly return to the leisure activities they enjoyed prior to amputation with a new appreciation and passion. Some of our patients have even taken the amputation process as a turning point in their lives and have gone on to achieve amazing accomplishments in sporting events including the Paralympics. We pride ourselves on producing prosthetic devices specifically designed for swimming, golfing, and other rigorous activities. At SRT, we concentrate on more than just the missing limb. We concentrate on whole body health, and never want your prosthesis to limit you from your accomplishing your goals.
Does insurance cover the cost of my prosthesis?
SRT is in-Network with hundreds of insurance companies and never charges for a consultation. SRT’s Insurance & Authorization Department is one of the most experienced and professional teams in the industry and works diligently to assure no financial surprises to the patient, medical facility or insurance company. SRT is a transparent company and we were honored to receive the 2008 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics. If you do not see your insurance listed, it does not necessarily mean that we are not in-network with them. Feel free to contact our Administrative Office at 866.633.3961 in our Insurance & Authorization Department with any questions or concerns.
Does SRT accept patients outside of Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin?
Yes, SRT welcomes any patient from around the country and the world to experience our first-class patient care. SRT will be happy to escort you from your plane, recommend hotels based on your budget and recommend points of interest for you and your family to enjoy during your trip.