Patient may be measured and fitted with the required orthotic or prosthetic at the clinic where the patient was evaluated. Measurements for the device could be done by using a computer-operated scanner or plaster bandage, depending upon the device needed. All the fabrication of the device would be done at the facility in the USA.
Patients who would need extensive care may come to our associate clinic in the USA. We can provide assistance in the process of accommodation and transportation during the treatment period to and from the our associate clinic located in Southern California.
Stage 1: Initial Evaluation
This is the beginning of the process of designing and fabricating your new prosthesis. At this time, your prosthetist will need to know about your previous activity level including both work and recreation. This information is used to ensure that the resulting prosthesis complements your lifestyle and best meets your functionality requirements. This consultation/evaluation will help us determine the socket and suspension design, which materials to use, and the other componentry required. We should also be able to predict the fee for our services and how long the process will likely take.
Stage 2: Casting & Measurements
This stage is where the actual creation of the custom socket begins. The process starts when a model of your residual limb or stump is made either by hand using plaster bandages or scanned to a computer.
Next, the diagnostic test socket fitting is performed when a transparent diagnostic socket is created by making special modifications to the model of your stump. The diagnostic socket is fitted to your stump and further modified to ensure a comfortable and functional fit of the definitive socket. This is the most critical part of the process, and for some amputees it may require more than one test socket to ensure proper fit.
Stage 3: Dynamic Fitting & Alignment
At this stage of the process, the artificial limb or prosthesis will be tried on you and tested for comfort and function. The prosthesis is adjusted and modified in the clinic, then you will get to walk with it for a few days. This stage enables us to optimize the fit, alignment and function of your prosthesis at a stage when it is easy to make adjustments before creating your definitive prosthesis and its cosmetic covering.
Stage 4: Definitive Fitting and Cosmesis
The final stage is make the prosthesis look like a match of your other leg. Prefabricated skin coverings offer a wide variety of skin colors. The prosthetist also advises the patient on the care and maintenance of the prosthesis.