As a result of my medical file, I lost my left lower leg in 1998. As most prosthesis wearers know, walking on a socket prosthesis varied with many problems. In the beginning you are busy with rehabilitation and survival. The longer I walked on the socket prosthesis, the more difficult it became. The socket was replaced several times a year due to stump problems.
Sometime in early 2013, I ran into someone from Norway who was wearing an upper denture. When he took this off I was stunned. This man had a pin in his leg to which he attached the prosthesis. This was my first experience with the later click prosthesis.
Through my instrument maker I was kept informed about the development of click prostheses in the Netherlands. In 2009 the start with upper leg prosthesis makers in Nijmegen. As it looked then, this would not be suitable for lower leg prosthesis wearers. In 2015 I was called by my instrument maker. There was someone who had a lower leg prosthesis.
A walk-in consultation hour for potential click prosthesis wearers was organized in Nijmegen. The rehabilitation physician had to provide a letter of recommendation. On July 1, 2015, I was invited to this consultation hour. I was suitable for a click prosthesis and the procedure was started. In November I got a call from Dr. J.P. Frolke that it was going to happen. The surgery was performed on December 8, 2015. On January 26, 2016 I got my click prosthesis and I could start with rehabilitation.
Stubborn (like many of us) you think I'll show you, you start in the walkway with the support of the rehabilitation doctor Dr. H. v.d. Meent and a cordon of physiotherapists. In order not to forget anyone, I will not mention names. A really great team. The instrument maker who is associated with the team is also fully aware of the click system that is being fitted to the prosthesis at that time. You really learn to walk again.
Many of us who have walked on a socket prosthesis for years no longer know that there are muscles in your amputated leg (and stump). These muscles are reactivated by wearing a click prosthesis (attachment pain). This is an experience that certainly lingers in the beginning of the rehabilitation. The attachment pain experienced at the beginning of the rehabilitation disappears as the rehabilitation progresses. This is also different for everyone.
The support I have been able to experience as an experienced socket prosthesis wearer of the osseointegration team has been great.