LAS VEGAS — There are now more options for pediatric patients who wear prostheses, according to a speaker at the Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting, here.
Caryn Gottfried, CPO, a clinician at Hanger Clinic, said many materials and styles of prostheses previously only available for adults are now on the market for younger patients.
“I have been in the field for 20 years and in the last year, there have been so many advancements in materials, as well as innovations with components such as prosthetic feet, blades and others. All these things are now being made in pediatric sizes,” she said. “This is a great help for us to be able to provide to our kids; whereas in the past, it has always been adults only.”
According to Gottfried, the market for pediatric prostheses and componentry is growing. “I do not know what the future holds. I think it is going to amaze us, what we are going to see in the next couple of years. I could not imagine what is going to be out there.”
Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP (D), vice president of prosthetics at Hanger Clinic, who joined Gottfried, said the future of O&P will depend on finding out what pediatric patients need and coming up with unique solutions.
“The new prosthetic and orthotic technology that is coming out today is just incredible,” he said. “For example, adjustable sockets, like the ComfortFlex Adapt, allow kids to adjust their own prostheses, giving them a greater sense of independence. The expectations of our patients are changing daily, and we just have to be ready for the future.” – by Jason Laday
Carroll K and Gottfried C. Presented at: Hanger Education Fair and National Meeting. Jan. 30-Feb. 3, 2017; Las Vegas.
Disclosures: Carroll and Gottfried report they are employees of Hanger Clinic.