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Caring & Courageous
by Jan Knape, BG Magazine
“There is a lady in our town whose license plate reads RU TENSE. It’s a perfect question for someone with the skills of Maria Weber – a licensed massage therapist, because she certainly can help her clients relax! She has served over 800 of them in the past nine years, most recently as the massage therapist at St. Julian’s Fitness on North Main Street. That accounts for the caring part of Maria. The courageous part of Maria shows in her spunky attitude, her steadfast ability to keep walking through the challenges that life has thrown her way, and her constant drive to reinvent herself to achieve her goals. Maria’s challenges began as a teen (16) when she was diagnosed with a rare tumor (desmoid) in her right leg. This resulted in numerous surgeries and lengthy radiation treatments to deter reoccurrences. Unfortunately, this led to radiation-induced osteo-genic sarcoma (bone cancer) and resulted in the high-level amputation of her leg.
Maria’s challenges began as a teen (16) when she was diagnosed with a rare tumor (desmoid) in her right leg. This resulted in numerous surgeries and lengthy
radiation treatments to deter reoccurrences. Unfortunately, this led to radiation-induced osteo-genic sarcoma (bone cancer) and resulted in the high-level amputation of her leg. Maria had only been in the Bowling Green community
for six months when she got “really sick”. Despite the major amputation, the desmoid tumors returned deep in her abdominal cavity. She soon experienced the
loving embrace of neighbors who brought food, and the continuous support from Rainbow Pre-School and others in the community that she has never forgotten.
After the amputation, Maria endured 14 months of chemotherapy and extensive physical therapy with a waist-high prosthesis. She maintained a positive outlook during this difficult transition by volunteering in many capacities, including her son’s elementary school (Kenwood), the Humane Society, Cancer Society, and amputee advocacy work.”
Read entire story here: BG Magazine Spring/Summer 2012
The Foundation Upon Which A Successful Prosthetic Rehabilitation Can Be Built!
SIMULATION LAB – No Fee. For surgeons only. Save the date! May 18, 2012.
Presentation held at the Geri Webb Conference Center room of the Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, followed by a proctored surgical laboratory demonstration in the LaSR & Douglass Research Center. Contact us at 419-872-7336 with questions.
RSVP your spot and read more about our event by clicking here: CARE Course: Amputation Surgery
Perry Prosthetics is proud to introduce Janos P. Ertl, MD to present the “Ertl Osteomyoplastic Amputation Procedure”. Dr. Ertl is Assistant Professor, Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine and Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Wishard Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine. He has been performing primary and secondary amputations for over 30 years utilizing and improving upon this technique. Jan and his two cousins are the third generation of Ertls to promote this technique which was developed by their grandfather in the 1920s. Please join us for this dynamic presentation!
8:30 am • Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am • Osteomyoplastic Amputation Jan Ertl, MD
10:30am • Prosthetic Considerations Chris Perry LP,CP
11:00am • Patient Examination
11:45am • Lunch
12:15pm • Cadaver Clinic of Tranfemoral and Transtibial Amputation Procedure
2:45 pm • Q & A Session
3:00 pm • End
Objectives of CARE® Course III- Amputation Surgery
- Identify the indications for amputation surgery.
- Trace the history of osteomyoplastic reconstruction.
- Illustrate the indications for osteomyoplastic reconstruction.
- Describe preoperative clinical and instrumented evaluation procedures.
- Outline the osteomyoplastic procedure for transtibial and transfemoral amputations.
- Present the results of osteomyoplastic reconstruction for various amputation levels.
Often after significant time, funds and emotions have been invested into salvage of the limb with, both, the patient and surgeon feeling defeated, amputation is viewed as a failure. It is important that we make a paradigm shift that perceives amputation surgery as the very foundation of successful prosthetic rehabilitation. Identifying a detailed amputation procedure or plan will instill confidence in the patient and create a residual limb that is the ideal platform or ‘end organ’ from which a prosthesis can be fit, fabricated and utilized.
Dr. Janos P. Ertl has worked together with his patients and many prosthetists to create preoperative amputation plans. Follow up is a key component to assessing outcomes and applying that information obtained to future planning. Developing a relationship with the prosthetist will allow for better collection of outcome data.
The goal of the osteomyoplastic procedure, for both primary and secondary amputations, is to create a functional active residual extremity based on reestablishing a physiologic, well-balanced environment. The resulting residual limb is stronger and more durable with improved stability and proprioception.
Perry Prosthetics helps patients deal with limb loss
Dec. 2011 Article written by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Perry and his staff at Perry Prosthetics in Perrysburg are making a difference for patients who have lost limbs. After a motorcycle accident claimed his right leg below the knee, Perry wanted to help others who had experienced a loss of limbs. He began studying prosthetics, going from the lab to the clinical stages of that field and understanding what he needed to do.
“I was riding my motorcycle home from school when my life changed forever. My leg was severely damaged and I was taken by Life Flight from a small town to a hospital in Toledo. I have made it a life goal to provide the same level of care to my patients that I experienced after my accident,” Perry said.
The majority of its nearly 100 current patients have experienced limb loss from vascular problems or the onset of Type 2 diabetes. Only about 23 percent of amputations result from accidents or trauma, Perry said.
Most of the patients are fitted for prosthetics following amputation without revision surgery while some require limb revisions to allow the prosthetics to work for them.
Perry said he and his team are working to create an arm for a 14-month-old patient with congenital limb loss. They also helped a 14-year-old athlete to play football, hockey, and run track with two artificial feet, he said.
Currently, the firm is working with Eileen Ueberroth of Toledo, a patient since November 2010, to provide prosthetic legs, arms and hands for her. Ueberroth demonstrated her progress with two prosthetic legs at a walk-in clinic held Nov. 22 at Perry Prosthetics.
The firm holds the monthly walk-in clinics working with patients from their practice and outside it. The clinics are offered free to all prosthetic patients in the community, Perry said. The most recent clinic included several patients with prosthetics, a doctor with a prosthetic leg and a physical therapist who works at rehabilitating such patients.
Dr. Sydney Fernandes of Perrysburg lost his left leg from above the knee in January 2010 due to acute vascular blockage. “It was a big shock and changed my entire life. It’s a difficult process,” Fernandes said. “I would handle amputee patients differently now after what I experienced. Most doctors who are not actively involved with them think rehabilitation is a breeze and it’s not.” He had to close his practice in Oregon after his surgery while he continues his rehabilitation. He recently went from using a walker to walking with a cane. His goal is to return to his practice after this winter, Fernandes said. Fernandes said he is very grateful to Perry and his staff for the care they have provided him.
“We don’t do typical prosthetics here. We use a complete custom process that includes the design, production, fitting and alignment of prosthetics for patients,” Perry said. All of the prosthetics are fabricated in the firm’s laboratory by certified technicians. Perry said that people with mechanical or technical backgrounds who can visualize the work to solve problems make the best technicians. Perry has one technician, Julie Rubel, who just completed her residency with his firm. Perry and his staff of 11 full-time employees are dedicated to helping their patients become as mobile and self-sufficient as possible with the prosthetics they provide.
They operate out of a 7,000-square-foot facility. It includes an Amp-U-Fitness Walking Clinic that was created to improve the health and well-being of their patients. “We provide them with an outlet where they may interact with other amputees who face and overcome the same obstacles they may face,” Perry said.
An Inter-Disciplinary Cooperative Approach To Comprehensive Amputee Rehabilitation: Held at Hilton Garden Inn, Levis Commons, Perrysburg, OH. Presented by Bob Gailey, PT, PhD and Chris Perry, LP, CP. This course is a comprehensive overview on amputee gait. The course is designed to deliver the healthcare professional with the right tools for working effectively with transtibial and transfemoral amputees. The second day will be entirely dedicated to working with amputees in a break out format. Click on the Brochure and Registration images below for more information.