The Symphonie® Aqua System technology from Cypress Adaptive, an advanced socket casting process, is now being used at all Sampson's Prosthetic & Orthotic Lab patient care offices. Unlike traditional non-weight bearing casting methods where a patient is seated, the Symphonie calls for the patient to stand in a pressurized tank in full weight-bearing mode. Within a few minutes after hydrostatic pressure is applied to the residual limb, the patient’s body weight and tissue contours are transferred perfectly and evenly to the casting material. The new impression accurately reflects the limb under full weight-bearing conditions exactly as it would be inside a prosthetic socket.
The full contact and weight bearing that the patient experiences during the casting process also provides excellent proprioceptive feedback to the patient who can then give the prosthetist valuable information concerning bony and sensitive parts of the limb before the socket is made.
This technique is particularly helpful for patients who have complex residual limbs and amputees who struggle with comfort of their sockets. By improving prosthetic comfort, patients achieve higher mobility and improved quality of life.
What an amazing and fun day all in support of Sarcoma Strong on August 18. We had 22 team members run and walk the 5k course. Two of our patients joined us and a couple of our patients formed their own teams. There were 500 participants. Bill Sampson and one our patients, Jim McHugh, who is also cancer survivor participated. Thanks to everyone who got involved to support awareness of this cancer.
Sandy became a “victim for life” when she was hit by a drunk driver resulting in the amputation of her left leg below the knee. Sandy is a warrior against drunk drivers. Check out the winning billboard by a local student and read more of Sandy's story.
Also check out some of the features where Sandy has been an advocate for other victims of drunk driving.
People that have experienced a transfemoral amputation, whether it is firsthand or through family and friends, know all too well the added daily struggle it can bring, from day-to-day chores to simply walking down to the mailbox.
Sampson’s understands that this type of amputation changes a person’s life, but it doesn’t have to inhibit it. That’s why those at Sampson’s strive to be innovative by conducting research and experimenting with new technologies to guarantee that the best quality prosthetics are offered for every patient.
The HiFi (High-Fidelity) interface is just one example of the evolving technology being explored for transfemoral amputees. This new interface design offers restored hope for better stability amongst patients.
Click on the link below to read more on the study, co-written by William Sampson, CP to see why HiFi interfaces may be paving the way for a better future for prosthetic users.
Sampson staffers and family were among the 500 runners who stormed the UAlbany campus with a common goal - to support our sarcoma community and raise awareness about sarcoma and the funds needed to support sarcoma research nationally.
Thanks to everyone for your support - together we can make a difference
Sampson's President Bill Sampson, CP, and his wife, AnneMarie, met Sarah Reinertsen at a recent Össur meeting in California. Sarah is a motivational speaker, author, Ironman triathlete, and Paralympian. Bill and AnneMarie are holding SarahBears – a therapeutic friend who helps us understand that people with physical challenges are as loveable and acceptable as everyone else.
A portion of the profits generated by sales of the SarahBear goes to various charities including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Amputee Coalition of America. For more information or to purchase a SarahBear, go to www.glabeebers.com
The Department of Veterans Affairs has unilaterally decided to assign reimbursement amounts to prosthetic feet that are not consistent with the Center for Medicare Services. As a result of their action, veterans have not had the same access to certain prosthetic feet that those with Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance receive.
Five Congressional Representatives – Reps. Kyrsten Simena (D-AZ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Walter Jones (R-NC), Matt Salmon (R-AZ), David Schweiker (R-AZ) sent a letter to Robert McDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veterans requesting that the VA explain the process they used to change the coding determination and justify why it is not the same as Medicare’s.
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Allard USA will be hosting a CEU course Wednesday, October 14 from 4:30 - 8:30pm at Sunnyview Hospital in Schenectady. The topic will be the Dynamic Trio: Gait Analysis, Rehab, and Orthotic Interventions.
People needing prosthetic limbs had been limited to one limb over a lifetime under insurance policies sold through the New York State of Health which was created under the "Affordable Care Act." Now, changes are being made to the policy.
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Coverage from Thursday, March 12, 1-4 p.m. at Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center in Schenectady.
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Adult amputees say they're being discriminated against.
That's because insurance plans offered through New York State of Healthcare - limit them to one prosthetic for their lifetime.
As they explain, that's not realistic or appropriate.
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Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center 1270 Belmont Ave., Schenectady
Come and learn about the Plié Microprocessor Knee.
Features and benefits of the Plié:
Active Above-Knee Amputees: Try Freedom Innovation's Plié Knee and have your current prosthesis evaluated.
Therapists: Do you have patients who could benefit from this technology? They are more than welcome to participate. Watch and learn how patients achieve greater mobility with microprocessor technology.
Please call (518) 374-6011 to reserve a spot for you and your patient today.
"One Prosthetic Limb Per Lifetime" restrictions in New York State prevent amputees from receiving the prosthetic they need to continue living productively.
Thousands of amputees in New York State are finding out that they cannot be fitted with the prosthetic limbs they need to lead healthy, fulfilling lives due to insurance restrictions on prosthetic care. New York State's benchmark health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) limits coverage for prosthetic limbs to "one prosthesis per limb per lifetime." This "One Limb for Life" rule is not "equal to the typical employer plan" in New York State, which is the standard for coverage under the ACA, making this limitation a violation of the federal law. This policy in one of the most restrictive prosthetic limb policies in the country.
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Bill Sampson, CP, and Practice Administrator Dianne Kiernen attended the 2014 American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association's (AOPA) National Assembly held Sept. 4-7 in Las Vegas.
Bill attended clinical education programs and scientific symposia, while Dianne focused on business management, human resources, and O&P compliance. They also met with vendors who were featuring the newest products and latest technology for the prosthetics and orthotics profession.
Hot topics for many of the 2,000 plus attendees were workshops and updates on audits and increased government regulation regarding insurance reimbursement.
Keynote address speaker was Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer whose leg was shattered at the Boston Marathon bombings. Haslet-Davis has now become an advocate for other amputees. "I feel really passionately about the rights of amputees as well as the advancements in prosthetics," she said. "I know that the only thing that makes me disabled is not the fact that I don't have two feet, it's the fact that what I'm using isn't advanced enough to make me do the same thing that the person next to me with two feet can do."
Thanks to advances in technology, losing a limb no longer means living a diminished life. Some of the most cost-effective state of the art prosthetic and even orthotic devices are right here in our back yard.
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Read another inspirational story of a Sampson's patients featured in Glens Falls PostStar. Watch the accompanying video featuring Bill Sampson, CP. Click here to learn more about Scott's journey.
Of the more than 100 injured in the Boston Marathon bombings, we know that some of them have lost limbs. Some may think it will be impossible to go on living a normal life, but experts say that's not the case. Click here to read the full story.