We're happy to answer your questions. Maybe some of these will help:
+ What is a prosthesis?
A prosthesis is an externally applied device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a part of the body work better. Diseased or missing eyes, arms, hands, and legs are commonly replaced by prosthetic devices. Generally, most people view a prosthesis as an artificial limb.
+ How do I get a prosthesis?
As a new amputee, you will begin the fitting process following a series of rigid casts and application of a compression sock “shrinker” which will help shape your limb in preparation for a prosthetic. This takes an average of 6-8 weeks following surgery. Once your surgeon has given their blessing, we will proceed with making your customized limb.
You will then see one of our practitioners, known as prosthetists, who are professionally trained to fit, adjust, recommend and modify a prosthetic device. Several visits to your prosthetist are required and involve casting, measuring, diagnostic fittings and training in how to use and care for your prosthesis.
If you are a new prosthetic user, you will visit a physical therapist upon delivery of your prosthesis. The therapist will train you on the functions of the newly acquired device as well as how to obtain good performance and maximum comfort in everyday life while using the device.
The time from casting to delivery typically takes 4-5 visits over the course of about a month.
+ What if the prosthesis doesn't fit right?
Follow-up is as important as the initial fitting. You will need to make several visits for adjustments with the prosthetist as well as training with a therapist. They can help you ease pressure areas, adjust alignment, work out any problems, and regain the skills you need to adapt to life after limb loss. Tell your prosthetist if the prosthesis is uncomfortable, too loose or too tight, or causing any skin issues such as blisters. Ask questions about things you need or want to do. Communicate honestly about your needs. The more you communicate with your prosthetist and therapist, the better you will be able to succeed with a prosthesis.
+ Who will pay for my prosthesis and what, if any, are my responsibilities regarding funding?
Funding and payment for prosthetic care and devices is unique to each individual amputee. Please visit our Financial Support page for specific information. If the link does not give you all of the answers you need, please feel free to call our office and speak to Angela regarding any funding questions.
+ Where can I park when I come to your clinic?
Our reserved patient parking is behind our building at 540 SE Marine Drive, Vancouver. The patient parking spots are marked specifically with the name of our clinic, Barber Prosthetics Clinic and as disabled with the placard indicated on the sign. There is also limited parking available in the front on Marine Drive until 3pm and after 6pm. There is also limited parking on St. George’s which is along the side of our building next to the Mr. Lube.
Our back door is our main entrance due to our main reserved parking being in the back. Please feel free to enter through our back door…our back door is really our front door :)
+ What information do I need to bring to my first appointment and what will I be asked to fill out in terms of forms?
You will need to bring along your BC Care Card and provide us with all of your contact information, emergency contact information and funding source information. (e.g.. Worksafe Claim number, NIHB Client ID number). A patient intake form and consent forms will be filled out along with the specific funding application forms that are relevant to each individual patient. If you have further questions, please call our office.