Frequently Asked Questions
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services ... “a prosthesis is any devices that replace all or part of a body part or replaces all or part of the function of a permanently inoperative or malfunctioning internal/external body organ.” Prosthetics can include limbs, eyes, teeth, and even facial bones. It should be noted that Quest Orthotics & Prosthetics currently only provides prostheses for limbs. There are two types of prostheses, endoskeletal and exoskeletal. Endoskeletal means that the prosthesis is supported by an internal pylon. Exoskeletal means the prosthesis is supported by an external frame.
After your amputation, a referral will be made to Quest Orthotics and Prosthetics. When we receive a referral from your physician we see you while still in the hospital if at all possible. First your Prosthetist will introduce themselves and explain the prosthetic process to you. You may be fit with what is called a “shrinker” at this time. A “shrinker” is used for compression to control swelling and promote healing at the amputation site. It also helps to shape your limb to prepare it for a prosthesis, ensuring a much better fit and added comfort in your permanent device. Healing time can last for varied amounts of time depending on the patient. Once your healing is complete, your Prosthetist will continue the prosthetic process.
The average time frame for obtaining your prosthesis is 14-28 days. It typically depends on your individual healing time. If a patient has vascular deficiencies, they may not heal as quickly and of course, this can mean a longer wait to get started. However, once you have sufficiently healed, your Prosthetist will proceed with an initial evaluation that includes scans, and measurements. The process may involve a cast being taken to obtain a plaster mold of your limb. Once this is completed your Prosthetist will proceed with your first test socket fitting. This will show us how well the socket fits from the scan or mold we took of your limb. If the test socket fits well and does not need any significant changes, then we will progress to a more definitive prosthesis. Some patients may need a temporary prosthesis first. Your Quest Prosthetist will discuss the options with you, to see what is best for you and your individual situation.
At Quest Orthotics and Prosthetics, we take most insurance providers. Just give us a call and we will do the research and work with your insurance company to try to get your device fully or partially covered depending on your plan.
Even though the components we use here at Quest are made from very durable materials like carbon fiber and titanium, they are not meant to last forever. Eventually parts and materials may wear and break down. You may need several prostheses over your lifetime, but Quest will be with you every step of the way to repair and replace as needed.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, “A brace includes rigid and semi-rigid devices that are used for the purpose of supporting a weak or deformed body member or restricting or eliminating motion in a diseased or injured part of the body.” Depending on your need, an orthosis can be prefabricated or custom fabricated. Prefabricated orthotics are those that are ready to wear and may only need minor modifications for comfort, and come in various sizes. Custom fabricated orthotics are created from a mold, impression, or measurements of an affected area on the patient. The process of receiving these orthotics may take longer because they must be fabricated.