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I’m not so concerned w cost, I have good insurance. It’s the real world take from someone in a similar boat. Thank you for your thoughts. I was curious about driving as well. I’m 6-6 300 and barely fit anyway 🤣.
 

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I know you are aware of the impact of a decision to remove something you can’t put back. Thanks again
 
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I’m not so concerned w cost, I have good insurance. It’s the real world take from someone in a similar boat. Thank you for your thoughts. I was curious about driving as well. I’m 6-6 300 and barely fit anyway 🤣.

Just know that even with good insurance I've talked to amputees who have had major issues getting new sockets or a different foot approved.

My current foot from Ossur costs $20K and that is just the foot.
Then the socket costs about another $6-10K to make. And I have 3 different sockets & 4 different feet.

My family doctor asked me about 3 weeks ago how I felt about having the amputation done since it had been just over 4 years. And I said I'd do it all over again. I have NO regrets at all. Sure some things are a PITA and you have to pay more attention when walking over uneven ground type stuff but I wouldn't go back at all. Not having all the pain I was in prior to my amputation is HUGE.

I'm only 5' 10" but I was a little north of 300lbs prior to my amputation because I couldn't move.
 

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Just know that even with good insurance I've talked to amputees who have had major issues getting new sockets or a different foot approved.

My current foot from Ossur costs $20K and that is just the foot.
Then the socket costs about another $6-10K to make. And I have 3 different sockets & 4 different feet.

My family doctor asked me about 3 weeks ago how I felt about having the amputation done since it had been just over 4 years. And I said I'd do it all over again. I have NO regrets at all. Sure some things are a PITA and you have to pay more attention when walking over uneven ground type stuff but I wouldn't go back at all. Not having all the pain I was in prior to my amputation is HUGE.

I'm only 5' 10" but I was a little north of 300lbs prior to my amputation because I couldn't move.

Wow ok, I had a feeling that they were expensive. I really appreciate your help. I’ll have too look into the cost for the half foot ones. I would love to be free of pain
 
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Alright since I have to have new sockets made I needed new wraps for them also. So I played with my graphics program and came up with these...

This will be for my everyday socket.



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And then this for my motorcycle socket

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As always I welcome comments & suggestions. You have to kind of imagine what it'll look like wrapped around the socket.
 
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You send your design to a place called Fred's Legs and they print the design onto fabric that is then molded into the socket as it's being made. It's put under the last layer of carbon fiber.

https://fredslegs.com/

You can also get premade designs done or if you have a favorite T-shirt they can use that.
 
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I'm back at my prosthesis office today. He's going to make me a new socket that is smaller than the current check socket. It's pretty cool how they can do this.
He's lined the socket with a old style sock that he'll glue into the socket. Then he pours this jell into it. Once it hardens he removes it and uses it as a mold to make the new socket.
 
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Here's my current check socket being used to cast a new mold for a 10mm smaller socket.

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Now the trick is to be able to remove the mold without breaking the socket.
 
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To get the mold out of the socket he had to cut the socket on both sides and split it open. You can see the glue lines down both sides.

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But then he epoxied the socket back together so there is glue all over the inside of the socket.

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That makes it VERY HARD to slide into the socket because the socks stick to the glue. So I've been sitting here with sandpaper trying to get all the residual glue removed. Thought it would be a Wham Bam Thank You Ma'am but it's a PITA getting it all off.


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Picked up my new socket today. Andy, my prothesis had to make some adjustments to it. He does this by heating it up and then molding it to fit as needed.
Some use a heat gun to heat up the socket but Andy likes a butane torch as he feels it works faster.

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Of course, we wait for a few before I slip my leg back into the socket.

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Wore my socket for a week and couldn't find anything wrong with it so it's going back so my permeant sockets can be made. my prosthesis had gotten the design sleeves back so I got to see them yesterday.

For my everyday wear socket wrap is this design.

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And then my motorcycle socket wrap looks like this.

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We lay them out over the socket to make sure that the layout of the design will fit all the curves and dips of the socket. So I should have my new sockets in a couple of weeks depending on how busy the socket guy is.
 
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