Whether you were born with a missing limb or lost a limb later in life due to amputation, an artificial limb can provide mobility and confidence to make you feel whole again.
But what can you expect heading into your first prosthesis appointment in Kansas City?
At Horizon Orthotics and Prosthetic Experience, our number one goal is to guide your transition into the next phase of your life. We will work alongside you from your first prosthesis appointment through the entire process to ensure lasting satisfaction with your new prosthesis.
Things to Know Before Your First Prosthesis Appointment
The grieving process
While we are not counselors or psychologists, HOPE KC often hears stories from patients about the grieving process after an amputation.
It is common for patients to suffer from physical and emotional struggles as they adjust to life without their limb. According to the US National Library of Medicine, the loss of a limb can lead to anxiety, depression and other issues.
It’s important to note that each person is different and that every person grieves differently. For some, getting a prosthetic limb is a key part of the mourning process and an essential part of their healing.
There isn’t a set way to deal with grief. Each person does so at their own speed and each should have the space to do what’s best for their own health and well-being. If a patient decides that a prosthetic limb is what’s best for their individual needs, the staff at HOPE KC is ready to work with them to find a long-term solution.
Here are some resources to help you through the grieving process:
- Dealing with Grief and Depression, the Amputee Coalition
- Reactions to Amputation: Recognition and Treatment, US National Library of Medicine
- Adjusting to Limb Loss, Saint Luke’s Hospital
- Grief and Loss Counseling Resources in Kansas City
Is a prosthetic device right for me?
While prosthetic devices can provide amputees with multiple benefits, they aren’t right for everyone. Our experts at HOPE KC will help you determine what, if any, prosthetic devices are right for you, and we will walk you through a proven step-by-step process to find a custom solution for your needs.
Should a patient choose to get a prosthesis, HOPE KC has a set process for finding a prosthetic limb that fits your goals and lifestyle. This process starts with a comprehensive evaluation in one of our six offices around the Kansas City metro area.
To begin that process, the staff at HOPE KC believes that it’s important to establish a relationship with everyone we work with. This initial evaluation is a great opportunity for us to get to know you better and understand your goals for prosthesis. We encourage patients to actively involve themselves in selecting a prosthesis that works for them.
Everyone’s goals will be different, and ultimately the best prosthesis for you will depend on several different factors. These factors mainly include: The location of your amputation, what your long-term goals are, your previous medical history, and what kind of work you do, among other factors.
Here to help you prepare for your first prosthesis appointment
There is no easy or quick solution to dealing with the loss of a limb. Getting a new, custom-built prosthesis is not a fast process, but for some, it can be exactly what they need to return to help with healing.
When people work with Horizon Orthotic & Prosthetic Experience, they’re working with a professional clinical staff who strives to create lasting relationships. Our goal is to make sure we treat each person who walks through our doors like family, and we want to be your trusted resource throughout your prosthesis journey.
As the best prosthetists in Kansas City, we are a local, award-winning prosthetic and orthotic company that strives to give our patients HOPE every day.
For more information about custom prosthetics in Kansas City, contact us today.