Rinella Prosthetics & Orthotics - May 2020

1890 Silver Cross Blvd., #255, New Lenox, IL 60451 • 27W130 Roosevelt Road, #2E, Winfield, IL 60190 • 522 Chestnut Street, #1D, Hinsdale, IL 60521

PROSTHETIC FAQ Answers to Your Questions During COVID-19


It’s hard to know all the ins and outs of the world of prosthetics and what to do to best benefit your amputee patient during these times. We know you’re likely very busy, so we thought we’d do our part and put together a simple FAQ to help you through this process. Q: I have a patient who needs a prosthetic limb. How do we get started? A: Usually, one of the first priorities of prosthetic treatment is to control the patient’s edema by applying a shrinker or bandage wrap, and the patient will need to be educated on how to use it. You can use certain tools to make this process easier, and we can help you based on your needs.

–Daniel Rinella If you have any questions or concerns, then you can contact me at the number above. In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever for us to rally together. Inside, we’ve included some feel-good articles and a puzzle just for fun to share with patients that might feel alone in these isolating times. My whole team of prosthetists are more than happy to help you and the amazing patients that you treat. determine if an insurance company will cover their prosthesis and understand the types of devices and services they cover, so the patient may need to make several phone calls and be an advocate for themselves. The cost of seeing a prosthetist should be covered by a patient’s insurance, since this specialist will continue to work with the patient until they reach a comfortable fit and alignment with their prosthesis. Q: With COVID-19, should my patient still see a prosthetist? A: Your patient’s safety is our absolute highest priority. We don’t want to leave any patients behind, especially those who may be suffering from a painful gait (from not having prosthesis adjustments) or those who may need help to continue athletic activities or essential daily work. Like thousands of medical professionals in the nation, our team is armed to the teeth with gloves, hand disinfectant, alcohol-based cleansers approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and more. We are still accepting phone orders — call our office at 815.717.8970 — but if you need an immediate response, please text me at 773.401.1353 and I will call you back at the time you suggest regarding the prosthetic your patient needs.

WE SPECIALIZE IN: • Below Knee, Above Knee, & Upper Extremity Prosthetics • Compression Stockings • AFOs • CAM Walkers • KAFOs • LSOs • LS Corsets

Q: What kind of prosthetic leg does my patient need? A: In many ways, it depends on the patient’s activity level prior to surgery. For example, a patient who was only walking around their home right before their amputation is very different than one who was an Olympic runner. Because each patient had a different activity level, the prosthetic leg for each person will also be different. The doctor and physical therapy team, along with the prosthetist, will designate what’s called a potential K-level for each patient post-surgery. This describes what movement a patient is probably going to achieve in the near future with a prosthetic device. It is all based on potential. The K-level can also change if a patient changes their level of physical activity when they get healthier. Q: How long does it take to get a prosthesis?

• TLSOs • Collars • Helmets • CROW Boots • Hip Abduction Braces

A: It entirely depends on how quickly the residual limb fully heals from surgery. A patient might receive a temporary prosthesis immediately after amputation or within 2–3 weeks. They’ll typically receive the long-term prosthesis once the surgical incision has healed, the swelling has gone down, and the patient’s physical condition has improved. Usually, the first prosthetic fitting will be 1–3 months after surgery, depending on healing. Q: Will insurance cover a new prosthetic leg? A: Prosthetic legs vary widely in price. Patients with different K-levels will need different prosthetic devices, which have different components. Many plans will cover prosthetic devices. It can be confusing for many patients to

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