Where Do You Start?
Whether you have recently started seeing your prosthetist or are an experienced amputee with a desire to use a more advanced artificial limb (prosthetic), we are here to educate, guide and support you as you choose and use your device.
1.) Your rehabilitation journey should start BEFORE the amputation. Find out where the rehabilitation location is and call to ask to meet the team before your surgery. Ask for exercises before your surgery, get to know your rehabilitation team, and prepare yourself for spending a regular amount of time with that rehab facility after surgery.
2.) You have choices! Talk to your prosthetist about the different product options available to you, and ensure the product you are prescribed meets your post amputation goals - there are a variety of Blatchford prosthetic solutions for amputees at different mobility levels.
3.) Speak to your Counsellor. Your MDT team will be made up of various professions including a counsellor. Ensure that you spend time with them, it may be helpful to make a note of any questions, or issues that may be bothering you in advance, to take with you to discuss with them.
4.) Remember to reach out to the amputee community for advice and guidance. Facebook groups can be a great resource, as well as Blatchford’s Ambassadors of Mobility (Blatchford volunteers whose mission is to help others who have also experienced lower limb loss). The Amputation Foundation is another great resource with members that have years of experience to share.
5.) Ask your prosthetist about local amputee support groups and therapists that specialise in limb loss counselling and therapy. Set aside time each week to make sure you attend.
6.) Do NOT miss your physical therapy appointments unless you are ill and contagious. Try to research the bus lines before the surgery or talk to family members or a friend for ask for help with rides during this important time. By missing PT, you will set yourself back in your healing journey.
What Do You Want to Accomplish with Your Prosthetic Limb?
From being able to stand easily, to participating in the Paralympics, we are here to help amputees meet their life goals. Blatchford understands that one person's mountain is another person's staircase!
Blatchford’s award-winning lower limb prosthetics are ready to be part of your journey as you go through the next stages of your life.
What Types of Lower Limb Prosthetics Exist?
From above knee prosthetics to below knee prosthetics, Blatchford products are developed with the long-term health of patients in mind first and foremost.
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Orthotists and Prosthetists that work with our products are confident that Blatchford products are the best fitting lower limb prosthetics on the market.
Understanding Prosthetic Limbs
Whether you are a new amputee or have lived with amputation for awhile, prosthetic technology can be overwhelming. We explain some of the technology behind today’s prosthetics and how Blatchford uses the natural working of the human body to influence the design of our products.
We understand that good mobility and wellness go hand-in-hand. Through our products and services, we strive to get the best outcome for every user.
Our holistic approach to product design centres around the whole person and not just their mobility limitation. This ensures we develop solutions that not only help people to get the most out of every day, but to do so in a way that cares for their long-term health and wellbeing. We are committed to delivering value, quality and an outstanding experience to every customer.
The Blatchford Community
For over 130 years Blatchford has designed and produced some of the world's most advanced artificial limbs and mobility solutions. Learn more about resources available to help you and/or the amputee in your life!