FAQs

Find answers to some of the questions we hear most often from our PBO Group clients.

Prosthetics FAQs

The cost of a prostheses is extremely variable. An estimate can only be provided once the device design is complete following a full assessment. However, we will always provide these estimates so that you are aware well ahead of time what the costs will be.

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Bracing FAQs

The cost of bracing can vary widely.  For off-the-shelf bracing solutions, we will be able to give you a better sense of potential costs at your initial assessment. For custom bracing, an estimate is provided once the design of the brace is complete. We will always provide these estimates so that you are aware well ahead of time what the costs will be.

Orthotics FAQs

The cost of custom foot orthotics varies from $450 to $650 depending on the type of the device designed and created to meet your unique needs.

Foot orthotics can get wet without harm, however it is advised that moisture be kept to a minimum and that they be left to air dry (no heat) if they do become wet.

It may be necessary to increase the length or width of your shoes by a half size depending on the shoe style however, that is not always the case. Your Orthotist will be able to advise you on your shoe selection.

Your foot orthotics can be moved between shoes as long as the shoes are of an appropriate style to function well with your devices. Your Orthotist will be able to advise you on your shoe selection.

Foot orthotics will last anywhere between two to five years depending on the amount of use and environment.

There is no need to maintain your foot orthotics in any way other than cleaning them. You can clean them using warm water and a mild soap with a soft cloth to wipe all surfaces. Once clean they should be left to air dry. Do not heat your orthotics to dry them.

Osseointegration FAQs

As with most major medical procedures, Osseointegration surgery does carry potential risks. As the amputee’s implant protrudes through the skin to connect directly to the prosthesis, it is possible for bacteria to track up the metal implant to the femur. Diligent skincare at the exit point of the implant is critical in order to prevent potential skin complications and infection.

Low bone density can also lead to other complications if the bone is not strong enough to withstand a significant increase in force following the surgery. Potential risks related to low bone density include bone fracture at the top of the implant, splitting of the bone at the implant or lack of bone integration with the implant.

Until 2018, Canadian amputees had to travel to hospitals in Australia and Europe in order to undergo Osseointegration surgery. In 2018, the first Canadian Osseointegration surgery was performed in Montreal by Dr. Robert Turcotte. Two PBO Group clients have already undergone procedures there.

From our experiences with Ontario Osseointegration candidates, we have seen costs for services related to pre-surgery, surgery and post-surgery care be quite variable and cover a very dramatic range. Like most medical procedures, there are a variety of factors that can influence cost. Some of the factors that can impact the costs associated with Osseointegration include:

  • Length of residual limb
  • Level of amputation
  • Prosthetic requirements
  • Funding model and supplementary contributors
  • Travel expenses
  • Duration of rehabilitation
  • Potential post-surgical complications

As a result, we strongly recommend connecting with a Prosthetist at one of our locations to better understand your exact situation and determine a range of costs that will be narrower and more accurate.

Compression Therapy FAQs

The benefits of having custom-fit compression therapy solutions include a tailored fit based on your specific measurements, medical-grade levels of compression, better solutions for sensitive skin and helpful advice and support that can make for easier wear and care.

Cranial Remolding FAQs

Costs for cranial remolding helmets vary, but are generally in the $2200 to $2600 range.

Every case varies, but the typical range of time that cranial remolding helmets are worn by infants is usually between nine and sixteen weeks.

Early intervention is important, whether that is the use of a helmet, which is typically started when a baby is between five and six months old, or the use of conservative repositioning therapy, which can be started at a very young age. Having your baby assessed at a very young age will help ensure the best treatment plan can be developed for the best outcomes.

No, but most major insurance companies do cover the costs or a portion of the costs of cranial remolding helmets.

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