Frequently Asked Questions
By definition is a prosthesis is a definitive artificial limb that is alignable or articulated or, in lower extremity applications, capable of bearing weight. Prosthesis means an artificial medical device that is not surgically implanted and that is used to replace a missing limb, appendage, or other external human body part and that includes an artificial limb, hand, or foot. The term does not include artificial eyes, ears, dental appliances, ostomy products, devices such as artificial breasts or eyelashes, wigs, or other devices as determined by the board that do not have a significant impact on the musculoskeletal functions of the body.
At AALOS, after 54 years of Redefining the Possible, we have learned that it is that and much more. For those who have placed their trust and faith in AALOS to regain their lives and independence, we find that a prosthesis is “PRIDE”, “LIFE BLOOD”, “FAMILY”, “FRIENDS”, ”LOVE”, ”HOPE”, “SECURITY”, “FUN”, “PERSONAL FREEDOM”, “INDEPENDENCE”, “EMPOWERMENT”, Etc. For without prosthesis and the dedicated, caring professionals at AALOS, these and many other things that are taken for granted would be severely limited following a life changing event such as an amputation.
*At AALOS, we realize and are reminded everyday by those whose lives we are privileged to be a part of that a prosthesis is more than just an assistive device and make it our goal to return these elements to our patients lives.
Fitting & Fabrication Questions
- Measurement and fitting for a stump shrinker
- Measurement and evaluation for the prosthesis
- 1-2 test fittings prior to building the prosthesis
- Delivery of the prosthesis
The definition of an Orthotist is person licensed to practice orthotics which is the science and practice of evaluating, measuring, designing, fabricating, assembling, fitting, adjusting, or servicing, as well as providing the initial training necessary to accomplish the fitting of, an orthosis for the support, correction, or alleviation of neuromuscular or musculoskeletal dysfunction, disease, injury, or deformity. The practice of orthotics encompasses evaluations and consultation and continuing care, with basic observational gait and posture analysis. Orthotists assess the need for and measure, design, manufacture, and fit orthoses to maximize function and provide not only the support but the alignment necessary to either prevent or correct deformity or to improve the safety and efficiency of mobility or locomotion, or both. Orthotic practice includes periodic evaluation and consultation to assess its effect on the patient’s tissue and assure proper fit and function of the orthotic device
An Orthotist is only as good as the people who surround him or her that share the goals and belief in restoring the lives of a person who has had an amputation as well as their families, friends and loved ones. An Orthotist does not enter this profession without possessing ingredients such as EMPATHY, CARE, A DESIRE TO HELP AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE, etc.
It also goes for those who work in support of the Orthotist such as the Lab Technicians who spend countless hours creating and fabricating an orthosis. The Orthotic Assistant, whose role it is to support the Orthotist in reaching the goals established by the patient and Orthotist and rehabilitation team. The Administrative Staff including the Receptionist, office manager, coding and billing specialists, etc.
*At Alabama Artificial Limb & Orthopedic Service, we agree with the definition of an Orthotist. But, we also realize that without the other staff/team members, an Orthotist will not be able to fulfill the philosophy of AALOS to restore a quality of life to our patients and their families, friends, loved ones and care givers.
All insurance plans are unique. The administrative staff at AALOS will help you understand what is available in your post-mastectomy benefit.
*At the “Boutique” at AALOS, we have a variety of styles and manufacturers in-house to choose from and compare in a quiet, personal setting.