Educational Lectures

Drew would be happy to put together a prosthetic and/or orthotic in-service or lecture program for you and your colleagues. If you are interested in coordinating a lecture or in-service, simply call our office to coordinate a time. The following is a list of available lectures for your review:

SPORTS FOR THE AMPUTEE & RECENT ADVANCEMENTS IN PROSTHETICS

This presentation illustrates the different types of sporting activities available to the amputee. Activities such as swimming, biking, running, mountain climbing etc. will be shown. Recent advancements in prosthetics in particular energy-storing feet and shock-absorbing pylons, new silicone liners, advances in socket design, electronically-controlled knee units, suction suspension systems and high performance patient activities will also be discussed.

Sports for the amputee and recent advancements in prosthetics

BELOW KNEE (TRANS-TIBIAL) AMPUTATION / PROSTHESES

This presentation reviews the principles of below-knee (trans-tibial) amputation and discusses the indications and contraindications associated with this level of surgery. Surgical procedures, post-operative care programs and specific prosthetic prescription will be discussed. Patient activities and sports can also be reviewed.

Below-knee amputation/prostheses

ABOVE-KNEE (TRANS-FEMORAL) AMPUTATION / PROSTHESES

This presentation reviews the principles of above-knee (trans-femoral) amputation and discusses the different type of prostheses that are available. The indications and contraindications of this level of surgery will be discussed along with the biomechanical and surgical factors. Knee selection, socket design and foot selection can also be reviewed.

Above knee amputation/prostheses

POSTOPERATIVE CARE OF THE AMPUTEE

Surgical treatment and postoperative care of the amputee will be discussed. Specific surgical techniques will be examined. This presentation includes postoperative fitting techniques, use of shrinkers and indications and contraindications of postoperative soft and rigid dressing techniques, along with preparatory prostheses will be reviewed.

Post-operative care of the amputee

ORTHOTICS

LOWER EXTREMITY ORTHOTICS

This presentation reviews the principles of lower extremity bracing and discusses the indications and contraindications of plastic and metal orthotic systems. This lecture illustrates a number of devices that are designed to control foot, ankle, knee, and hip motions. Specific types of devices such as SMO’S, Richie, Arizona, floor reaction AFOs and contracture management devices can be added as desired.

Lower extremity orthotics

KNEE ORTHOTICS

This presentation reviews the different types of prefabricated and custom knee braces. The indications, contraindications and biomechanical principals of each orthosis will be discussed along with their design and maintenance. Specific types and manufactures of braces can be discussed. Specific ACL, Unloader, hyperextension control, safety (weight-activated locking) knees can be examined.

Knee orthotics

SPINAL ORTHOTICS

This lecture reviews the different types of injuries to the cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine. It discusses the various operative and non-operative treatment techniques and the type of orthoses that are prescribed. Custom and prefabricated LSO, TLSO, CTLSO systems will be examined. Application instructions can be reviewed.

Spinal orthotics

OTHER SUBJECTS THAT DREW CAN LECTURE ON INCLUDE:

Prosthetics and Orthotics in Russia

Russia

Prosthetics in Nicaragua Following the Revolution

Nicaragua

Prosthetic Treatment of U.S. Veterans from Iraq

Iraq

Tahoe Adaptive Ski School (TASS) Disabled Sports USA

Tahoe

Prosthetic care in Haiti following the earthquake

Haiti