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Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Restoring Confidence with Lifelike Prosthetics

Patient Referral

A physician’s order is required before treatment begins, although not for an initial consultation. Our Physician’s order form PDF includes the information needed to comply with insurance requirements or you can provide your own letter/prescription. Your recent clinical notes help us learn more about your patient’s needs and are helpful for insurance authorization.

Many referrals come from non-physicians who have the opportunity to talk with patients about prosthetics as a reconstructive option, including nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, audiologists, radiation technologists, orthotists/prosthetists, ocularists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, hand therapists, and psychologists. Visit pages on our site for more information about your area of interest including:

Each patient is advised to return to his or her referring provider when the prosthesis is complete. We send a follow up report that includes post-treatment photographs and we welcome your input regarding any phase of prosthetic restoration. Because we build trusted relationships with referring colleagues, you can expect referrals from us when patients contact us directly for treatment without a referral. When patient needs extend beyond our areas of expertise as clinical anaplastologists, we refer to appropriate health professionals.

When to Refer

Tumor Patients

We encourage patients to have a pre-surgical consultation because of the following benefits:

  • may help prepare your patient and provide some assurance;
  • gives us the opportunity to make facial molds and photographs that can be valuable post-surgical references as we sculpt missing anatomy;
  • if bone-anchored implants are needed we can work with you for planning the location and angle of implants to establish optimal positioning within the contours of the prosthesis.

Following ablative tumor surgery at least six weeks of healing should be allowed before facial molds are made. However, we can meet with your patient at any time during healing to provide information and begin insurance authorization. Radiation therapy delays prosthetic treatment until edema has resolved, though we may be able to make an interim device.

Traumatic Injury

We can meet with your patient at any time during healing to provide information and begin insurance authorization. When most edema is resolved, we can take molds and begin treatment. Healing time varies depending on type and extent of injury.

Congenital Difference

We are happy to provide information to patients and families regarding prosthetic treatment options for patients with a congenital difference. Prosthetic treatment is usually delayed until age five or six for most types of prostheses.