How Do We Approach Prosthetic Treatment
Children require ample attention when it comes to their prosthesis. Children are both active and growing which means they need to be monitored to ensure their prosthetic device fits and allows them to live a life similar to other active children. Both parents and prosthetists play an important role in making sure a child is able to ambulate with comfort and ease. By providing personalized care and education we can best assist you and your child.
Initial Consultation Visit-
In the initial visit you and your child will get to know us while we get to know you and your child. During this visit we will begin to understand your child's needs and your expectations, as the parent. We will also discuss lifetime treatment, tour the clinic, collect and review insurance details, if we have not already done so.
After we have had time to review your needs and completed research we will be able to provide you with solutions. We will review important factors such as:
We will try to guide you to a product that will best suit your child’s lifestyle. We are careful to ensure the device is within your means to afford. We will also help to determine what would be covered by your insurance provider. We have many prosthesis options ranging from full extremity prosthetic devices to partial hand and foot prosthesis. Finding the perfect prosthesis for your child is our number one priority.
The devices ability to restore your child’s mobility
The longevity of your device and how growth affect the fit of the device
What regular maintenance and care of the device looks like
The cost of the device
Once you have made a decision we will begin to measure for the device and discuss a timeline. On this day, you officially become a member of the Skyland family.
The day of your final fitting is an important day. We want to be careful that we get the right fit so your child will enjoy their first days with their new device. If the fit is not correct, we will fine tune the fit during your child's office visit. Occasionally, devices require a bit more time to get the fit just right and you may be asked to return after we have made further adjustments.
Once we have a good fit we will review proper maintenance of the device and discuss the therapy plan. Therapy/training is the safest and fastest way to help your child get the best use out of their new device. With consistent practice, your child will master the use of his or her new prosthesis and join back in on activities you may have thought impossible. We may assign your child homework to expedite their knowledge and command of their prosthesis.
Follow-up visits, Adjustments and Therapy-
Most devices require time for adaptation and occasional adjustment as the body changes. Device therapy/training will help your child adapt and get the most out of their new device. Some more complex bionic devices may require several fine tuning adjustments to make movement more fluid and natural. Younger children tend to adapt to their prosthetic devices more quickly than older children. By using a prosthesis earlier in life it becomes recognized as a part of the child as they grow. Thus, there is a benefit in starting use of a prosthesis as soon as possible.
Children should see their clinician once every 6 months as they require special attention and rehabilitation. The sockets need to be changed every year to accord with their growing bodies until they are around 18 years old.
Whatever your child needs, we will be here to assist as needed.