Orthotics & Prosthetics FAQ
The following are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding UMMC's orthotics and prosthetics program.
Will my insurance pay for these services?
Generally insurance carriers do pay for most orthotics and prosthetic services. Our administrative staff is very experienced with the ever-changing health insurance industry and strives to get you the benefits you deserve. All efforts are made to meet your financial needs comfortably.
I'm facing an amputation in the near future. Is it too soon to contact you?
One of the most important things that you can have during this time is peace of mind. Come in for a tour of the facility, introduction to our staff and a view of different prosthetic options. This may reduce some anxieties or concerns you may have about the process after an amputation and during the fitting of your prosthesis. Our clients tell us that taking advantage of this opportunity made a positive difference in their pre- and post-operative mindset.
How soon after surgery am I ready to be fit?
The person who ultimately makes that decision is your doctor. Because we are practitioners certified by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics, we require a prescription from a medical doctor in order to begin fabrication of a prosthesis. Our evaluations and consultations are always free of charge. Our staff will take every opportunity to consult with your physician regarding your amputation, any medical precautions and issues that may affect your options or expected outcome.
Do you have an amputee I can talk to?
We have staff members who use prostheses as well as more than 30 individuals with various levels of amputations who are available as peer educators. Their insight and first-hand knowledge of prosthetic components provide a valuable resource to our company and to our clients during treatment.
How long will it take for my prosthesis to be fabricated?
Because University of Mississippi Medical Center has a full-scale fabrication lab on-site, we are able to complete work very efficiently. For example, we have developed a system where amputees are fit with a check socket the same day they are cast. Additional time is required to "try out" the prosthesis and make necessary adjustments. We strive to make our services fit the needs of the individual.
Are the practitioners and facilities at UMMC certified by the American Board of Certifications in Orthotics and Prosthetics?
Yes! Our practitioners and UMMC facilities are in good standing with ABC. Our staff is encouraged and provided the resources to attain and maintain continuing education requirements. We consistently attend national meetings and/or seminars that concentrate on potential advances in the field of prosthetics that could prove beneficial to our clients.
How much will my prosthetic care cost?
The best way to find out about the cost of your prosthetic care is to call our office and talk with a financial counselor. They will talk with you about your insurance coverage and co-pays. If you don't have insurance, they will work with you to find a payer source or payment plan.