Prosthetics vs. CMS Cuts

Aug 11, 2015
Tagged with: Prosthetics vs. CMS Cuts

I have been a below knee amputee since 1988 and a prosthetist for more than 25 years. In that time, I have seen and experienced advancements in comfort, performance, and durability that surprise even me. As a result of these advancements, I am able to wear my prosthesis from 6 o’clock in the morning until around 12 o’clock at night with no problems.

As a prosthetist I am on my feet all day long serving patients in my clinic, going in and out of hospitals, going up and down stairs without the fatigue or the problems that I experienced in the past. People that don’t know me usually don’t even know I am amputee because my prosthesis does not limit or impair my daily activities. This freedom allows me to live a healthy, active lifestyle in which I can be an active participant in my family, church, community, and even abroad, serving as a prosthetist in Ghana, Africa.

Because I work with amputees, I see the benefits of modern prosthetics on a daily basis. Our goal is almost always to help the amputee return to the activities they were doing prior to their amputation. For some that means going back to work, working in a garden, driving, pursuing an education, but, most importantly, the goal is to help them regain their independence.  Independence not only encourages physical health, but mental and emotional health as well. No one wants to feel disabled, and with the advancements in prosthetics, there are endless options in helping someone regain their sense of dignity and purpose through contributing to their family, workplace and community.

There are countless benefits to wearing a modern prosthesis, but to me the quality of life and variety of activities available due to the advancements in prosthetic comfort and design is worth its weight in gold. Going back in time due to new CMS regulations will be devastating to the average amputee. These new regulations threaten to greatly reduce or limit available technology and services. In the long run, this will foster a reduction in activity, leading to compromised mental, emotional and physical health and, eventually, loss of independence. The ripple effect on one’s quality of life will be far greater than the cost of modern prosthesis.

Author: Gerald Deason

  • bobl07

    Interesting how everyone knows that it is important to lead a healthy active life but there always seems to be something or someone to get in the way.