The loss of a limb for anyone is devastating, but for a young adult or child the loss feels even greater. Children are amazingly resilient and are oftentimes less affected by the experience than their parents.
Children who experience limb loss are especially unique because of the tremendous amount of growth they experience. How often do children need a new pair of shoes because their feet have grown? They will almost need a new prosthesis at the same time, for the same reason. However, before a device needs to be replaced it will require numerous adjustments in fit, height, and alignment to maintain proper comfort and optimal function. At Advanced Prosthetics Center, we understand the importance of keeping up with a young amputee's active lifestyle and as a result we facilitate regular follow-up appointments with our younger clients.
Many families think they should travel to Shiner's Hospital for their child's Prosthetic care. While this alternative offers many financial benefits, it places a great burden on a family's busy schedule. Also, follow-up appointments to make improvements/adjustments are often less frequent, if not non-existent. Other families choose Shiners based on the perception that Shiners offers a level of expertise that is not available locally, however, this is not the case. The majority of private insurance will cover the costs of the prosthetic devices that a child needs. It is important that we look at the families insurance plan and discuss the prosthetic coverage. In most cases it will be more cost effective to obtain services locally and receive our expert care.
Advanced Prosthetics Center provides some of the most advanced prosthetic care and rehabilitation possible, with unique solutions for children. Regardless of age, a new amputee requires more than just a prosthesis. Pediatric amputees need a multi-disciplinary approach to restoring mobility that begins with specialized physical therapy and ends with excellence in ongoing prosthetic care. A developing child with limb loss needs as much, if not more therapy, than their adult counterpart. Shriners is simply unable to provide this level of multi-disciplinary care.
Besides therapy, the most important goal in managing the young amputee is the availability of a prosthetist to promptly adapt a prosthesis to the rapid growth of a child. As a child grows, the prosthesis must be adjusted to accommodate any changes in limb length and size. If a child is being fit by someone several hours away, it is difficult and costly to travel for these ongoing adjustments. This is why our comprehensive approach to limb loss is simply the better choice without the need to travel.