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General Discussion / MTV Mark Zupan Pilot TV documentary
« on: October 06, 2010, 09:12:31 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Costs
« on: July 20, 2009, 11:24:35 AM »
You are a bilateral below knee amputee, correct?  You paid $48211 for two bk prostheses!  Sounds a little strange to me....actually very strange.  Could you email me the exact details of the bill?  Better yet, fax me a copy of them at 585 343 8101. 

General Discussion / Re: Skin Graphs
« on: February 28, 2009, 09:53:31 AM »
Skin graphs come in two forms.  One is called a split thickness graph.  In the operating room the skin is removed from the donor site with a dermatone, (looks like a cheese cutter) and then transfered to the needed site.  The skin is very thin and then laid over the injured site, although it may also be sewn in place.

A full thickness graph is where a full thickness of skin and tissue is removed a sewn in place on the receptor site.  As an example a burn victim may get a split thickness graph, a gunshot victim may get a full thickness graph.  On the burn victim you're trying to replace just the outer layer of skin that was burned off.
On the gunshot victim you may trying to replace a whole hunk of skin and flesh (say, blown away from a blast to the calf area).

General Discussion / Attention Please
« on: November 13, 2008, 10:58:06 AM »
Good Morning,
I just deleted all the political topics.  I really enjoyed the bantering back and forth, however the election is over. 

We have hundreds of members that do not contribute to the forum.  I think some of that is because we run astray discussing politics, the national debt and other subjects unrelated to prosthetics. 

My goal for this forum is to provide information that amputees can use to better their lives.  For all of you that contribute I am very grateful and know that when you are discussing prosthetics you are benefiting other amputees.

Thank you,
Michael Love 

General Discussion / Re: micro ankle ??
« on: June 18, 2008, 01:39:04 PM »
Senior moment aside you may be thinking about the Proprio Foot.  See it at
I am currently using it on a client.

General Discussion / Update on Joe A.
« on: June 12, 2008, 12:26:34 PM »
Hi guys,
Joe A. emailed this morning.  He hopes to be back on the forum soon.  See, all our prayers did work!  It was great hearing from him.  I'll let him fill you in on all the details of his recent health issues.  Welcome back my friend!


General Discussion / Re: Proprio Foot
« on: June 03, 2008, 05:37:11 PM »
It's interesting that you mention weight of the foot.  Tom thought the weight of the foot would bother him also.  Once he had it on and especially when he walked outside on all the uneven ground, he said the foot made it so easy to walk he didn't notice the weight.

I've been making prosthetic devices for 35 years, and I am not impressed by most of the new stuff that comes along in prosthetics.  I was very impressed with the Proprio foot.  To see the look on Tom's face when he walked outside was priceless.  No more strain on the knee when walking on uneven ground, amazing.  Besides, the most common complant people seem to have is prosthetic feet.  To me they are all to stiff and unforgiving of various terrain and walking conditions.  The Proprio make a lot of sense.

General Discussion / Proprio Foot
« on: June 03, 2008, 09:41:58 AM »
Hi everyone,
I thought you may find this interesting.  We just experienced walking a bk amp on an Ossur Proprio Foot.

The person we put it on is a 47 year old male, an amputee of about twenty years from a motorcycle accident.  He's been a client of mine for many years and has had a number of prostheses.  Tom is very active and an excellent walker but like most amputees finds walking on uneven surfaces a challenge.  After some initial set up time Tom was walking very well, up and down inclines, steps and flat surfaces.  Tom then took the prosthesis outside between our building and the one next door.  The ground there is very uneven and scattered with gravel and rocks of different sizes.  He never slowed down a second and walked with ease, no matter what the surface. 

I asked Tom what is was like to experience walking in the Proprio Foot and his words were, "friggin awesome, if I tried this with any other foot I'd be on my rearend by now".  It was a great experience and so nice to see Tom respond so well and so quickly to the new foot.   

General Discussion / Re: how do i delete my account
« on: May 29, 2008, 04:19:06 PM »
Yo guys!
Cool your jets just a minute!  If you don't like the talking ad it can be changed, but the website is still a work in progress and frankly I am working alone this week and may not get to it for a few days.  This website is not all I have to do all day.  Some of you folks who seem to be a little mad have been with us for a long time, I hope you stay.  But for heavens sake be easy on me for just a little while.  Where the hell is Joe A. when you need him.....

« on: May 15, 2008, 10:14:55 AM »
Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our new and improved web site.  The updated forum format was just the beginning.  Please update your forum link to This will give you access to our site so you can take full advantage of all we have to offer. You will notice we have GOOGLE ads on each page; this hopefully will help me support the cost of maintaining this site and forum.  You will need to bookmark the new site to access the forum.  In the future I hope to post more videos and photos as time allows.  Thank you again to the moderators who assist me maintaining and monitoring the forum. :)

Michael Love

General Discussion / Get Involved!
« on: May 05, 2008, 01:05:43 PM »
Hi guys, check this out!

General Discussion / Re: How do I solve this problem?
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:26:53 AM »
You need a Pump-It-Up socket then you can adjust the fit of your socket with air.

General Discussion / Re: new legs
« on: April 15, 2008, 09:04:41 AM »
Glad to hear you are doing so well.  What is Joe's address, so that I and other may send him good wishes.

Health and Fitness / Rochester River Challenge
« on: March 26, 2008, 09:52:47 AM »
I saw a clip on our local WNY news last night and this looks fun and challenging! Check out the links also for more disabled sports info.

Lee Ann

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