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The Importance of Follow-Up Appointments with Your Prosthetist/Orthotist

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Your prosthetic is customized to fit you exactly and it is important for you to attend your follow-up appointments to ensure that your new prosthetic is comfortable and functional.

The Process

After your measurements are taken and casted, your prosthetist will create a clear, plastic check socket that you will wear for no longer than a week to test the fit. If it feels comfortable to you, a laminated socket will be created within another week.

At your next appointment, we will check the fit of the new socket and your prosthesis. If no adjustments are necessary, you can take your new prosthesis home with you! If it doesn’t fit just right, we will make corrections and have you return in about 3-5 work days to try it on again. After optimal comfort level is reached, your new prosthesis will finally be yours.

Follow-Up Appointments

It will take a few weeks for you to feel comfortable with your new prosthesis, so it is important for you to make all of your follow-up appointments for your health and safety.

We recommend that you schedule follow-up appointments every week for the first month after receiving your prosthesis to make sure you are breaking in your prosthesis correctly, to check that there is no skin breakdown, and to make adjustments if necessary. If all is going well, your additional follow-up appointments will only be scheduled once every month for the next 5 months. After 6 months in your prosthesis, follow-up at least once every 6 months.

If you have any concerns about the fit of your test socket or your prosthesis, do not hesitate to contact us at 913-338-3627.

Cotton Orthotic and Prosthetic Associates
6311 West 110th Street
Overland Park, KS 66211