CARING FOR YOUR PROSTHESIS
- If this is a prosthesis using a shuttle lock suction socket/silicone or gel liner, separate instructions have been given to you. Please be sure to follow these directions regarding DAILY HYGIENE and DONNING/DOFFING the socket and liner EXACTLY. This will ensure longevity of the liner and maintain viability of your residual limb(s).
- The first day you wear your prosthesis home, remove it every 1 to 1 ½ HOURS. Look carefully at your residual limb. If there are any red spots which disappear in five to ten minutes, do not worry. Your skin is simply reacting to new pressure and weight-bearing spots. IF, HOWEVER, THE RED AREA DOES NOT DISAPPEAR IN FIVE TO TEN MINUTES, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE. We will schedule a prompt appointment to relieve this area so it does not become a blister. This is especially important if you are Diabetic or have vascular disease.
- UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU EVER ADJUST OR CHANGE YOUR PROSTHESIS! The components have been carefully chosen, assembled, adjusted and secured according to the manufacturers’ exact specifications and should never be changed by anyone except a qualified practitioner. Please call us as soon as you notice a problem and we will be glad to adjust your prosthesis.
- Do not wear your prosthesis to bed. Put it on when you get up in the morning and take it off before napping or retiring for the night.
- Be prepared to change the amount and/or the ply of your prosthetic socks as the volume of your residual limb changes. This may occur once in a while, once a week or even a number of times in one day. You will need to add or subtract socks as your residual limb swells or contracts.
- You will lose fit in your prosthetic socket as your residual limb changes. This is normal and we will be able to adjust your prosthesis to accommodate these anatomical changes.
- If the shuttle lock fails to release – DO NOT PANIC! It may only have trapped a loose thread from your prosthetic sock, which can be worked out with a bit of patience and gentle pulling. If the button is hard to push, stand up and put your weight on the prosthesis. Push down hard and then sit down. Do not try to pull the insert out before pressing in the lock button.
- Notify us immediately of any significant changes in weight and/or activity levels.
- In the event of a hard fall, CONTACT US IMMEDIATELY to allow us to inspect your prosthetic for hidden damage and to prevent the possibility of further damage to the prosthetic and most important, injury to you.
WE ❤︎ OUR PATIENTS
Sean, it was really nice meeting you yesterday. Last night was the best nights sleep I've had in a long time. I only woke up twice instead of many times in order to adjust the other shrinker. I am looking forward to working with you and your team.
Wow! Aren’t you and Ian just wonderful! Thank you so much for your hard work and caring for our patients today. You have made a bit difference to their lives just by sharing your expertise today.
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"Thank you so much for the video. This is Trevor Pegg, David Pegg's son. We were able to have a family dinner together Christmas day and he he walked into my mom's house on his own two feet. Thank you so much for your hard work."
"Fantastic work, thanks so very much. It means so much to him and he's had nothing but high praise for his relationship with his prosthetic team."
"This company is amazing! They have gone above and beyond in making cervical braces for my 15 month old. Their customer service is amazing. Great Company!"
"Norell Prosthetics has provided me with a leg prosthesis that I have now worn for over two years. I am pleased with the professional and pleasant manner of the staff. Many thanks to you all."
" Taylor I just wanted to thank you so very much for everything you did for Geordie today. I haven't seen him this uplifted in weeks. Thanks so much for the practical advice. It is so good for him to talk to a peer. You sure are suited to your job!"