Category Archives : Tips

Caring for Post-operative Amputation Wounds

At Excel Prosthetics & Orthotics, our practitioners and staff are focused on making sure each and every patient is fully prepared for their new journey as an amputee, from surgery to fitting. One of the most important phases of this process is making sure the wounds on the residual limb heal properly. If improperly cared […]

Things to Think About Before Ramping Up Your Workout Routine

Exercise is an important habit to have for anybody, but it’s especially important for amputees to make sure they maintain their mobility and overall health. Once you’ve fully recovered from your amputation with the help of rehabilitative exercises and you’ve completely adjusted to your prosthesis, it’s important to continue to stay active. You may be […]

How to Help Your Child Adjust to Their Prosthesis

No parent ever imagines that they would have to help their child adjust to life without one of their limbs. Unfortunately, sometimes parents have no other choice. Children who are born with congenital condition or need amputation as a result of illness or trauma will need the support of their family members to help them […]

Caring for Your Residual Limb During Cold Weather

Winter is coming, and that means that you’ll need to care for your residual limb differently than you do in warm weather. As anyone who uses a prosthetic device knows, you have special considerations that people without prosthetics simply can’t relate to. Stay ahead of the game with these tips to care for your residual […]

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 […]