Traditional workflow: THE “TRIAL AND ERROR” CYCLE
Most importantly — and regardless of the type of prosthetic used— all amputees need to be properly fitted for their unique socket. Currently prosthetists operate a time-consuming trial-and-error methodology, relying on a patient to flag any discomfort or areas of poor fit with the socket until the final socket is achieved. This is especially time-consuming when you consider that each amputee needs a replacement prosthesis on average every two years.
The trial-and-error cycle can take multiple fitting sessions, sometimes over a number of months, before achieving a functional and painless final socket. This can cause significant discomfort, a loss of mobility, inconvenience, and a number of other physical and psychological effects.
Furthermore, insurance companies and National Healthcare Systems do not pay for prosthetists’ services, only for their products. This means prosthetic centres get a fixed amount of money per patient, regardless of how many interventions are required for the fitting. Their profit is eaten away each time the patient has to come back for further fitting interventions.