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General Discussion / AK Ertl procedure
« on: June 02, 2013, 07:20:10 PM »
Hey Everyone!

First, I would like to thank everyone on the board or their valuable information. I became an AK nearly 3 years ago now (due to a motorcycle accident) and this forum has been an invaluable source of information. I have since gotten a C-Leg and am walking nearly as well as before the accident  :). Thank you very much for the support and information!

However, as a young and formerly very active person, I am never completely satisfied  :(. I am not able to end bear or put weight on my stump. I want to get back to doing grappling and jiu-jitsu and would need to be able to put substantial weight and need the ability to push off from my stump.

I have heard from my prosthetist that with the Ertl procedure, it is very possible gain the ability to bear weight and put one's entire weight on the tip of the stump. Has anyone here had the procedure performed or have any experience with it? Thanks again!

 :) :)

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General Discussion / Insurance and pre existing conditions
« on: December 09, 2011, 02:02:38 AM »
Hey all,

         Was wondering if anyone here have any insurance tips. I am currently on cobra but it's about to run out. I work for a small business so I do not have group insurance available. As an amputee with pre existing conditions, are there anyway I can find an insurance policy that covers prosthetics? Any tips would be hugely appreciated.

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General Discussion / Re: Stump volume control, questions
« on: October 11, 2011, 08:24:17 PM »
Does different types of socket have better/worse stump volume control?

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General Discussion / Re: Stump volume control, questions
« on: August 20, 2011, 10:49:48 AM »
Yea, I'm aware that it changes but it seems my stump even changes after I sit down for awhile! Annoying :-(. Guess it's something I have to deal with

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General Discussion / Stump volume control, questions
« on: August 19, 2011, 08:14:34 AM »
Hey everyone, I am finally walking again after my accident last year! It is an awesome feeling.

However, I am not without problems with my prosthetic. It's very inconsistent. On the good days, there is no pain at all but it can very well hurt like crap the next day. I think my limb volume changes way too much day by day to have a consistent fit in my above knee socket. Any one have any tips other than wearing a shrinker to keep my stump volume consistent? Thanks!

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: June 07, 2011, 08:47:08 PM »
I NEVER HEARD OF THE SHORT STEP DRILL EITHER....     :)

not kidding lol... what is it?

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: May 27, 2011, 01:13:08 PM »
There are two many good prosthetists around DC/MD area that I don't think it's fair to name anyone individually.

Look for MAS certified prosthetist.  What's MAS? http://www.oandp.com/articles/2004-06_03.asp  If anyone is MAS certified, unlike Hanger idiots, that means at least they know how to make sockets. LOL

Also, if you are looking for the absolutely the best prosthetist in the nation, I don't want to name names but lookup & see who is servicing Walter Reed.  :D 

If you are living anywhere near DC/MD area, you gotta be brain dead going to Hanger.  Hanger is like McDonalds of restaurants, except lot worse. LOL

Lastly, there is a recently patented connector part that allows you to have even knee length.  The part was developed & patented by a prosthetist in Maryland.  I can't remember his name now but your prosthetist should know about it.

In the meanwhile, really focus on that short step drill everyday. ^^  Good Luck.

I finally got my new prosthetic... too forever for insurance to approve for the new one. I'll post pics later. BTW what is the short step drill exactly?

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Is the Orion the same as the smart IP?

And also, any chance that the genium will be covered by insurance?

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:46:08 PM »
Once again, sorry for the insanely huge picture guys.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 28, 2010, 09:45:45 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 25, 2010, 03:09:44 AM »
To be honest, I have never seen a leg like that one.....

I'm guessing then that it's a bad socket right lol? Good that I'm getting a new guy to do my prosthesis then.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 23, 2010, 01:07:07 AM »
Whoa big picture lol, but that's my prosthetic with the second test socket. Unfortunately I am still feeling a lot of pain/pressure on the bottom of my residual limb and I am starting to think I need a new prosthecist. I have been checking these guys out (www.mdop.com) and they seem pretty competent and is MAS socket certified. Thoughts?

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 23, 2010, 01:05:10 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 15, 2010, 01:37:26 PM »
Thanks for the responses guys. I'll take a pic of my prosthetic and see if I can post it here. The socket does look pretty primitive from the ones I have seen although this is still my temporary prosthetic.

Lil bit more about myself. I'm 24 years old and was highly active before my accident, which is what sucks about it the most about it. Hopefully I can get a well fitting socket soon and go back to doing the stuff I like to do.

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General Discussion / Re: Newbie amputee, have some questions
« on: December 12, 2010, 02:13:17 PM »
1 more question, does anyone know of any good prostheticists in the dc/virginia/maryland/Baltimore metropolitan areas?

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