Monday, July 15, 2024

Summary of replies2: Expulsion Valves…why??

grantxw8

Here, as promised are the next batch of replies:

Grant

I am form around the place in Australia, I have never bothered with

expulsion

valves, for the reasons that you have outlined. They seem to me to be an

unneccesary extra to a BK prosthesis to me.

I still think of all of the people I have dealt with over the years as

patients though. Maybe in other countries where patients are forced to

pay

outragous amounts of $$ for a prosthesis then they become “clients”.

Oops, sorry about that. I seem to have confused 2 issues. OK, expulsion

valves are probably OK for a limited number of patients (heh heh) I can

see

the application there, but I think that for most BK prostheses that they

are

not really required.

I have to say that this is my opinion only, there is bound to be a

different

opinion out there.

Hi Grant.I read your note with interest and admiration.I don’t see any

point

to the exercise of using a valve for a BK amputee myself except that in

the

U.S. it enables the use of a fairly costly L-code (Medicare code) that

can

increase the billing on a prosthesis by approximately $1000. As you

stated,

the use of total contact fitting and possibly a distal pad together with

a

suspension sleeve should be adequate.

Hi Grant

nice to see you back posting on the oandp list.

Have to agree with you about the expulsion valves

never found a major problem not using them yet.

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