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August 26, 2022
Hello, everyone! My name is Drew. I was living in Mansfield, MO, and had an elective BKA amputation surgery due to a terrible motorcycle accident in 1999. The doctors in Missouri referred me to Hanger Clinic in Springfield MO, to be fitted with my prosthesis. They made me a check socket with a lanyard suspension, and when I finally got delivery of the prosthesis, I had a very hard time walking, putting it on and off, and I had a tremendous amount of pain, and I felt like I was going to fall.
Here’s a little bit about me: I’m a 54-year-old man, 6 foot 6 and 310lbs. My calf muscles are much larger than my knee, so that would be an issue as my residual limb transformed. Let me skip ahead a little — I was doing my best with the prosthesis, but I always felt something wasn’t right.
I recently relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and I found South Beach O&P by accident when I limped my way into the Davie, FL location. I was met by Mark, the owner. He shook my hand, looked at my leg, and said, “why are you in that setup?” I said, “I don’t know; this is what Hanger Clinic gave me,” and he said, “Sit down and take that leg off.”
Mark then made a 3D image of my residual limb, explaining everything to me, and within 45 minutes, I had a check socket made for me, and I was WALKING!!! I kept saying, “Hang on, let me get you my insurance info,” and he said to me, “I don’t care about that; right now, what is most important is that you are not in pain, and you feel comfortable walking.” He kept saying to me: “I don’t want you in pain,” and then he brought out the check socket, which was a pin configuration. He said a lanyard suspension that Hanger Clinic made for me is used mainly for an above-the-knee amputee and that I was in the wrong setup.
Mark put a new liner on my leg, we put the new prosthesis on, and I was walking pain-free almost immediately — then he took me and my girlfriend on a tour of the facility, showing me the state-of-the-art 3D printing they use. Then they hugged us and said, “Welcome to the family!”
I got to tell you the follow-up and communication that I have experienced in just a few weeks from this man and his staff are unprecedented — what a wonderful experience! I’m waiting for the delivery of the leg on the first of September. I would recommend South Beach O&P to my family and friends if they need that type of service! I am so grateful that I found them, and I’m able to walk pain-free, and their customer service (like I said) is amazing and personable! I feel very safe and comfortable knowing they are the new prosthesis company for me! I’m looking forward to what the future holds for me with South Beach O&P!
Thank you, Mark, Thomas, Allen, and all your staff !!!!!!
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