Surgical Solutions, Techniques, and Trends - February 2007

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SURGICAL SOLUTIONS, TECHNIQUES, AND TRENDS Osseointegration: Infection Solutions
By Miki Fairley


Technological advances in prosthetic care have a long history. Archeologists have unearthed evidence of prosthetic treatment from nearly five millennia ago, according to " The History of Prosthetics ," an online article by Mary Bellis. Fifth-centu...

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Ertl Procedure: Giving Amputees a New Beginning
By Miki Fairley


"Amputation should not be looked at as a failure. It should be looked at as a reconstructive procedure that will provide the patient with a functional residual limb that can be fitted well with a prosthesis and improve the patient's quality of lif...

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The Prosthetist’s Role in Early Patient Assessment
By Judith Philipps Otto


In the life of the patient, it's a terrifying seminal moment: amputation is imminent. They have a thousand questions and as many fears concerning their future. As their prosthetist, what should your role be?

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Perspective

Bringing Inspiration One Step Closer to Reality
By Thomas Passero, CP


Clinical practitioners, engineers, and public and private institutional researchers come together to develop more effective treatments for the VSI at the Dartmouth Polytrauma Conference. The nearly five-hour drive to New York from Dartmouth Colleg...

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Innovations

New Exercise Chair Provides Pleasant Way to Increase ROM
By Miki Fiarley


A newly designed exercise chair increases range ofmotion (ROM) for the physically disabled, opening a new avenue forwheelchair users and others with disabilities to improve health andmobility. The chair, manufactured by Genesis Chairs,Quitman, Geo...

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Education Update

Merely Inconvenienced
By Chelan M. Pedrow


Winter break...Peace, quiet, calm reflection, and ahealthy dose of stress. This particular installment oflife through the Prosthetic and Orthotic program at Georgia Techshould include a scratch-and-sniff sticker that smells like aroaring wood fire...

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Sports

Sports News


Ski Spectacular Serves as Training Camp for U.S. Disabled Ski Team Disabled Sports USA (DS/USA) hosted the 19th Annual Hartford Ski Spectacular, the nation's largest winter sports festival for persons with disabilities. Held December 310, 2006...

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Shop Talk

You Lost My Alignment!
By Craig MacKenzie, CP, RTP(c)


How many times have you heard those words? I know I've heard them quite a few times over the last 18 years. The problem is there are quite a few ways to lose an alignment when using a vertical alignment jig.

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Face to Face

Five Questions for Ingrid Frank, CP


Ingrid Frank was raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where her father, Ernest S. Boas, CO, owned Boas Surgical, Inc., a surgical supply company that also provides prosthetics. "As soon as I was old enough, I worked part-time in my father's facility...

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Progress on Parity

Prosthetic Coverage on the Legislative Agenda in Many States
By Morgan Sheets


Legislative sessions com­menced all over thecountry in Jan­­­­uary. For many states, thesessions included a strong focus on access to healthcare. This ishelpful to the ten states where a prosthetic coverage bill has beenintroduced.

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Got FAQs?

Got FAQs?
By Lisa Lake-Salmon


Claim denials can become the bane ofyour existence if you're not current on Medicare rules andregulations. Who has time to keep up with all of that, anyway?Count on "Got FAQs" to keep you informed and help you and yourstaff better understand billi...

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Viewpoint

From the Editor: What I’ve Learned...
By Karen Henry


The January 2007 issue of Esquire magazine featured thelatest in the publication's "What I've Learned" interviews. In thisinterview, 25-year-old triple amputee Bryan Anderson of RollingMeadows, Illinois, tells readers what he has learned since bot...

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