All of our prostheses are custom fabricated to each patient’s specific needs. We provide both upper (arm) and lower (leg) extremity prostheses. The prosthetist will evaluate and measure your residual limb. At that time you will also discuss your goals for rehabilitation. Each prosthesis is made of a socket that fits over your residual limb, liners or sleeves to help you don the socket, various components such as pylons and joints (knee or elbow), and a foot or hand which articulates to meet the needs of the patient.

A test socket is made from a casting of your residual limb. It is clear so that the prosthetist can see how it contacts your skin. Adjustments are made if necessary. After the test socket fitting, work begins on the final product. This process can take about 4-6 weeks from start to finish and involves a few fitting appointments.

The length of time that a prosthesis will last depends on the patient and their activity level. New amputees may need a new socket or prosthesis within the first year due to atrophy in the residual limb. Children need frequent replacements due to growth.

Because prostheses are mechanical devices, they can break and need repairs.

Mastectomy Services

To serve mastectomy patients, Lambert’s employs an ABC certified female mastectomy fitter. We carry lightweight silicone prostheses and a variety of pocketed mastectomy bras.

The fitter will measure you for the correct bra size, and then fit the correct size prosthesis to match your remaining breast. We also fit partial prostheses for lumpectomy patients and patients having reconstructive surgeries. The patient can be fitted as soon as the swelling from surgery is gone and radiation, if applicable, is complete; usually about six to eight weeks after surgery.

To file for insurance, a physician’s prescription is required for both breast prostheses and mastectomy bras. All insurances allow for one prosthesis every two years (required by law). Most insurances allow between one and six mastectomy bras per year.