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Jeannie B. | Hip Disarticulation


"In 2013, I got a severe infection in my right TKR (Total Knee Replacement) and after 15 surgeries nothing more could be done.  I wasn't able to put weight on my right leg because my femur was rotten and it would shatter; plus my right let was 5 1/2" shorter than my left leg.


In October 2016, I got another infection and the decision was made to amputate my right leg.  On November 8, 2016, I had a hip disarticulation.  After surgery I developed a seroma (a sterile collection of fluid under the skin) and infection.  A total of 8 more trips to the OR to change the wound, V.A.C.® (Vacuum-Assisted Closure) dressing and do cultures.  After rehab, I was discharged home.  No one said anything about a prosthesis.  So I got on with my new life with a wheelchair. 


In 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After all my treatment, I started physical therapy to help get my strength and endurance back.  After 2 weeks of therapy, my physical therapist talked to me about the possibility of getting a prosthesis. 


On January 8, 2021, I went to a prosthetic and orthotic clinic, where I go to physical therapy, and met Steven Lattanzi, CP, COA, LPO from Real Life Prosthetics.  Steven told me that a prosthesis was in my future.  The rest is history.


Real Life Prosthetics is awesome!  The entire staff is very professional.  They explain everything.  I was treated like a person and made to feel apart of the team.  I've never had to make follow-up calls to find out whats going on.  Today May 14, 2021, I had my first fitting and was able to take my prosthesis home.  It has been an amazing journey.  I would recommend Real Life Prosthetics to anyone, whether you are a new amputee or just need a new socket.  You won't be disappointed!"


Jeannie B.

Real Life Prosthetics Patient since 2021


In just over a year's time from attending the clinic in January 2021, Jeannie has seen significant progress!  She received her 3rd custom socket due to anatomical change which is contributed to her not being wheel chair bound and walking.  In addition, she has shown significant progress in her K-function level which now has her going from an endoskeleton prosthesis to a microprocessor knee. WAY TO GO JEANNIE!


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