Im an AK amputee and I really detest the plaster molding process Im subjected to when I visit my prosthetist for a new socket. Isnt there a better way that is quicker and less intrusive?
I am a prosthetist in Indianapolis, IN and can say, without a doubt, that plaster is the best way to obtain a mold of a transfemoral amputee. The reason for this, is the ability for the prosthetist to shape tissues and replicate weight bearing conditions through the process. Fabricating a socket strictly from CAD is certainly less invasive, but only will yield a basic representation of a residual limb without anticipating how the tissues will respond to the weight-bearing load. There are certainly very clean ways of taking a transfemoral mold. I would be happy to answer any further questions about this – Matt H. (317-379-4902)
Yes, there is a better way! You are not alonemany AK amputees are uncomfortable with the plaster molding process some practitioners use to create new sockets. The process can be long, uncomfortable and can be very intimate. And the quality and fit of your socket ultimately depends on how well the practitioner or technician molded the plaster. So whats the better way? CAD, which stands for Computer Assisted Design, entered the O&P industry in the early 1990s and has steadily gained a following. The advantages CAD systems offer can vary as some systems are very basic while others actually allow practitioners to utilize their skills for better end results. An example of the latter is Ohio Willow Woods OMEGA Tracer® CAD system. OMEGA Tracer offers a variety of features and functions to prosthetists and orthotists. In regards to capturing the shape of an amputees residual limb for a new socket or a custom liner, the practitioner can use the systems T-Ring II, which is a hexagonal-shaped too