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What to Expect: From Surgery to Fitting

Of the nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in the United States, approximately 54% of those individuals lost their limb as a result of a vascular disease, rather than an accident. That means that over half of amputees have time to prepare mentally and physically for the loss prior to surgery. At Excel […]

3 Common Injuries for Amputees

Getting acclimated with your new prosthetic can be a process. After your initial rounds of rehabilitation, it’s up to you to maintain your mobility and keep your prosthetic working correctly for you. While we work with experts to help you learn how to manage your new limb, you can still be prone to injury if […]

Dealing with Phantom Limb Syndrome

Amputees have many challenges to overcome. The loss of a limb can be life-changing, to say the least. One struggle some amputees face is called Phantom Limb. This scientific mystery can be painful and scary for amputees. Thankfully, there are many resources to help them find relief. What Is Phantom Limb Phantom Limb is the […]

Exercise After Amputation

Returning to your normal level of activity after an amputation can sometimes feel like an impossible task. However, with the right prosthetic device, guidance from your doctor, and persistence, anyone can get back to the quality of life they desire. The Importance of Exercise After an Amputation It’s important to take time to heal, but […]

What Is Elevated Vacuum?

Elevated vacuum is a term that describes a particular style suspension utilized in transtibial (below the knee) and transfemoral (above the knee) prosthetic sockets. An electric or mechanical pump is attached to the socket and provides a constant, monitored suction; pulling the liner and the patient’s residual limb towards the inner socket walls. This vacuum […]

Custom Fit vs. Custom Fabricated

We get a lot of questions about the difference between ‘custom fit’ and ‘custom fabricated’. The distinction can get a little gray or fuzzy. The most important criteria between the two refers to time of usage. Custom Fit is typically for acute usage (3-6 months). While Custom Fabricated devices are designed to be used long-term or […]