Getting You Back to… LIFE!

  • Our Mission

    Our mission is to make you feel comfortable every step of the way from pre-mastectomy consultations to post-mastectomy care. Our staff serves patients across Philadelphia and the Tri-State area will ensure that you receive the most up to date breast prostheses, mastectomy bras, and accessories for your body type and lifestyle.

  • Pre-Surgery

    You can be measured pre-surgically for specialized camisoles that will aid in your post-operative care.

  • Post-Op

    About 4-7 weeks post-operatively, we will review the options available for your breast prosthesis and intimates.

    This is not a process to be rushed, so allow sufficient time in your schedule for this very important visit. You will be measured for the correct size mastectomy bra and breast prosthesis at our Philadelphia area boutique.

  • Accessory Availability

    Seasonally, we will carry swim prostheses and swimsuits specifically made to hold the prosthesis.

    Partial prosthesis, prosthetic nipples, and specialty prosthesis are also available.

    If you are not sure what will be covered, please ask us—we are happy to help with your medical insurance questions.

  • What to Expect

    Private fittings with a certified mastectomy bra fitter will help you find the best shape, size, and styles that will help you look and feel your very best.

    Initial mastectomy bras, breast prostheses, and undergarments from our Philadelphia area boutique are often covered by insurance plans and additional garments are available for retail purchases.

Frequently Asked Questions

At MedEast we care about you and understand that you may have questions about the prosthetic process. We hope you find this list of frequently asked questions helpful. Please contact us with any additional questions or concerns you may have or if you would like any additional information.

How long does the prosthetic process take?

The prosthetic process starts when your doctor clears the amputation site for weight bearing for lower limb amputations and pressure tolerance for upper extremity amputations. Therefore the start date is dependent upon each individuals healing time. Dysvascular patients typically heal slower than patients who have no vascular problems. Step one is to have a shrinker sock applied to help shape the limb, reduce swelling of the limb, and to get the patient to start handling their limb. For most new amputees, their first prosthesis is measured, fit, aligned, and delivered in their home. After about two weeks the limb is ready for measuring. The prosthetist will take your mold and make a diagnostic test socket. Once the socket fit is comfortable the test socket becomes the mold for the prosthetic socket. When the socket is finished the prosthetist will come back to your home with your components (foot and or knee) attached to it. The prosthetist will now get you standing and possibly walking that day depending upon each individual’s capabilities. If all goes well, the prosthesis is ready for delivery, and the patient is ready to be trained by a Physical therapist. From shrinker fitting to delivery it is usually around 6 weeks for new amputees. This time frame can be drastically reduced to about one to two weeks for experienced prosthetic wearers.

When do I start the process to get a prosthesis?

You can start the process as early as you like, pre or post amputation. We recommend speaking with different providers before ever getting your limb. Once you are comfortable with your prosthetist, the process begins. MedEast will perform an in-depth evaluation of your goals and your physical capabilities. Based on our findings, we will recommend various components, and suspension systems. As long as your wounds are healed and you are permitted to weight bear through the limb, you are ready to start walking.

Does my insurance pay for my prosthesis?

Most insurance policies cover prosthetics. The out of pocket costs, deductibles, and copays vary greatly. MedEast participates with most insurance companies in the tristate areas. In order to be 100% sure, we recommend contacting our billing team and they can give you a definitive answer specific to your policy.

How do I pick the right prosthetist?

The right prosthetist is the one you are most comfortable with. It is an important decision since this will be a long term relationship because prosthetic care is lifelong. Prosthetic facilities and the prosthetists they employ can vary greatly. At MedEast we offer no obligation consultations to amputees that wish to learn more about our approach to prosthetic care and customer service and to meet our team.

How long is the rehab process?

The rehab process can last as long as you continue to set goals and achieve them. If your goal is simply to walk around your home, your rehab process will be of shorter duration as opposed to someone whose goal it is to return to work as a carpenter or to run a 5K race.

How do I learn to use my prosthesis?

Once your prosthesis is completed, you should attend physical therapy to learn how to use it to avoid injuring yourself. For new amputees it is imperative that they receive PT. Physical Therapists will teach patients how to properly put on and remove the prosthesis, how to adjust the fit using socks, and how to properly clean the prosthesis and supplies. They will teach new patients how to negotiate walking on level surfaces, uneven surfaces and ramps and stairs, and any other goals a patient may have. PT’s are also usually the ones that will notice a problem and will call the prosthetist to adjust the prosthesis.

How often does a prosthesis need to be replaced?

The standard set by Medicare guidelines is for a prosthesis to last 3 to 5 years. But this is only a guide. A prosthesis or its components can be replaced more frequently as determined by a physician when there is a change in functional activity level, a change in the residual limb, when a component is broken and out of warranty, or if there is any other medical necessity which requires a new part or limb. It is imperative for amputees to see their physician regularly so that when a situation arises that requires a prosthetic change there are sufficient clinical notes to justify medical necessity. If something is not medically necessary, it will be denied by the insurance company.

What is the cost of a prosthesis?

This is completely determined by your insurance company’s reimbursement rates. For specifics please contact our billing team. Self-pay rates are available on an individually based determination.

Do I need a prescription for a prosthesis?

The American Board for Certification in Orthotics and Prosthetics (ABC) under which our practitioners and facilities are certified, requires all services provided by out practitioners to be prescribed by a certified physician. We will work with you to get the proper paperwork need to get services covered by your insurance carrier.

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