Independence for Patients

The MedSupply Orthotics and Prosthetics Division of MedSupply provides uncompromised care and unparalleled service, promoting the highest level of our patient’s recovery, independence and function. Having the proper prosthetic or orthotic device is essential to a patient’s recovery and return to a quality lifestyle.

Custom Fit and Pre-Fabricated Devices

MedSupply’s certified and highly trained clinicians can supply custom-fit and custom made devices, which are designed to increase mobility while decreasing healing time. We know comfort, fit and effectiveness are critical to the success of a patient’s treatment; we are committed to helping each patient reach his/her goal.

That’s why we take the extra time and care to make every effort to help patients maximize their rehabilitation goals.

Certified Prosthetist and Orthotists

Our certified clinicians ensure the proper fit and usage of every orthotic and prosthetic provided. For nearly a decade, MedSupply continues to offer uncompromised customer service and quality products. Let us help you find the right orthotic or prosthetic to meet your needs.

We Provide Solutions

At MedSupply we provide solutions for questions that arise about fit, comfort, and convenience. Every effort is made to make the process quick and easy for each orthotic or prosthetic patient.

MedSupply offers:

  • Physician Communication & Consultation
  • Pre and Post-Operative Consultation
  • Home Visits (for home-bound patients)
  • Hospital Visits
  • Nursing Home Visits
  • In-Office Visits (by appointment)
  • Custom Fabrication
Orthotics

Orthosis are devices or support used to assist or prevent the movement of a joint or muscle. Having the proper orthotic is essential to a patient’s recovery and returning to a quality lifestyle.

Trained staff works to ensure the proper fit and usage of every orthotic. Certified and highly trained clinicians supply custom-fit or off-the-shelf devices to maximize mobility at the most economical cost.

Our goal is improve mobility while providing quality services that meet or exceed patient’s expectations.

  • Humeral Fracture Orthosis
  • Radial-Ulnar Fracture Orthosis
  • Metacarpal Fracture Orthosis
  • Elbow Orthosis
  • Custom Dynamic Splints
  • Hip Abduction Orthosis
  • Femoral and Tibial Fracture Orthosis
  • Knee Orthosis
  • Osteoarthritis Knee Orthosis
  • Diabetic Shoes
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Hip Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis
  • Through Knee
  • Hip Disarticulation
  • Cervical Collars
  • Lumbosacral Orthosis
  • Hard Shell and Soft Shell Helmets
  • Thoracolumbosacral Orthosis
Diabetic Shoes

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Therapeutic shoes are designed to help prevent foot problems, especially for people who suffer from diabetes. Most therapeutic shoes are made with no internal seams, which help to prevent blisters and callus formation. They contain extra depth in order to fit custom insoles. The insoles help to reduce pressure, thereby reducing the likelihood of problems such as foot ulcers.

Our certified Orthotist will assist you in getting the proper shoe and fit. We have many varieties and styles to choose from.

Medicare and most other insurances will cover one pair of shoes per year, and three pair of custom inserts.

Insurance requirements

Prescription from your doctor
Patient has diabetes mellitus
Patient is being treated under a comprehensive plan of care for diabetes
Patient needs special shoes (depth or custom-molded shoes) because of diabetes

Diabetic patients must have one or more of the following secondary diagnosis in order to have the shoes covered by insurance.
1. History of partial or complete amputation of the foot
2. History of previous foot ulceration
3. History of pre-ulcerative callus
4. Peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation
5. Foot deformity
6. Poor circulation

Call us today to schedule your appointment.

Post-Mastectomy

A breast prosthesis or breast form is an artificial breast used after a surgery that has altered or removed the breast. A breast form can be worn to simulate the natural breast and body shape. Full breasts and partial breasts, known as equalizers, can be purchased to balance the appearance depending on what type of surgical procedure was performed. These forms come in a variety of materials (usually silicone, foam or fiberfill) and they can be worn inside a bra or attached to the body with a special adhesive.

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Bras And Breast Forms

breast_formA number of companies make post-mastectomy bras with pockets to secure breast forms, but many women find it more comfortable to wear a prosthesis that attaches directly to the body and can be worn with many standard bras. Finding the right fit following mastectomy or lumpectomy is important for a woman to feel comfortable in her clothing. At MedSupply, we offer customized breast prosthesis by a female Certified Mastectomy Fitter. She has over 17 years of experience and specializes in post-mastectomy products. You will be provided privacy and a customized and perfect fit for you. From the moment she walks in, she will feel at home in our private fitting room. Our affordable, well-made mastectomy bras are attractive and come in many styles and sizes. They fit under the clothing discreetly for comfort and confidence – with an exact fit and style that suits each patient’s lifestyle and fashion sense.

Compression Arm Sleeves

Lymphedema sleeves offer precise therapeutic compression, comfort, easy care and durability. They are formulated to encourage lymph flow by increasing muscle pumping efficiency and corresponding tissue pressure.

Is a Breast Prosthesis right for you?

Many women who have had a lumpectomy,modified or simple mastectomy or radical mastectomy, or have had an alteration in their physical appearance are candidates for a breast prosthesis. One advantage is gaining symmetry and balance of the body. A silicone breast prosthesis (breast form) is weighted and simulates the natural breast. When the body is out of balance following a surgery of this kind, other muscle-skeletal problems can develop. Back, neck and shoulder problems are common as well as a tendency for one shoulder to drop downward and inward while the other rises up. Also, women often report that the bra rides up or moves around without a weighted breast form to balance the bra. Consulting with their physician will determine when a post-surgical patient can begin to wear a breast form. Use of a breast prosthesis varies for each woman depending on the type of surgery and healing progress. Most women will be able to wear a prosthesis within 2 to 8 weeks after surgery.

Prescriptions and Payments

MedSupply can bill insurance if the physician writes a prescription for a post-mastectomy bra or breast form. Some insurance companies require special authorization. You may fax the prescription directly to MedSupply at (248) 597-9013 or you can bring the prescription to their appointment.

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Covered by Most Insurances

Every two years, one silicone or foam breast form is covered by Medicare. Every six months, two post-mastectomy bras may be covered if indicated by the physician. These services are usually covered by most insurances, however, please verify with your insurance company or ask the MedSupply staff for assistance to verify.

Appointments

Please call to make an appointment at our Troy office location. (Home appointments not offered for Post-Mastectomy services)

Prosthetics

Prosthesis are an external device that substitutes for a missing part of the body. Combining a comfort fit with the right technology is the way to maximize independence for each patient. The Prosthetist take extra time, and care, to help each patient maximize their rehabilitation goals. Trained staff works to ensure the proper fit and usage of every prosthetic provided.

A certified and highly trained prosthetist supplies custom made devices to increase mobility. Whether a custom-fitted or a pre-made device providing the best clinical outcome—at the most efficient cost is the goal.

  • Transradial (below elbow) Prosthesis
  • Transhumeral (above elbow) Prosthesis
  • Body Powered and Myoelectric
  • Partial Foot Prosthesis
  • Symes Prosthesis
  • Transtibial (Below-Knee) Prosthesis
  • Transfemoral (Above-Knee) Prosthesis
Frequently Asked Questions about Prostetics

If you have further questions, please contact us.

Some people are ready for their temporary prosthesis as early as 2-weeks following the removal of all staples and sutures. This will vary from person to person. As a general rule, when the surgical site is fully healed and most of the swelling has disappeared, you will be ready for the next step. Each patient’s healing time differs depending on his or her overall health condition.

You should wear your shrinker 23 hours per day (unless told differently by your physician) and change it every other day. If you do not have a second shrinker, another one can be purchased, usually through your insurance. Your shrinker should be removed when bathing, and if any numbness or tingling occurs; please contact your practitioner immediately.

Walking will vary because healing is different for each person. On average, healing time will range from 1-3 months. However, it could be longer for patients with diabetes or other health related issues.

Phantom pain will also vary from person to person. Some people never experience it, while others experience it from time to time forever. Often times when you are fit with your prosthesis, the pain or sensation may decrease due to the total contact provided by the socket.

Physical and Occupational Therapy plays a very important part in your rehabilitation process. You will learn new techniques for walking which are key to a speedy recovery.

The fabrication of a prosthesis is a very labor intensive process, requiring multiple fittings to ensure the best fit. Insurance authorization also plays a key role in delivering a prosthetic device. Once authorization is obtained, it will take about 2 weeks, provided we can obtain all of the parts from manufacturers.

MedSupply Corporation uses state of the art materials and componentry. This includes plastics, acrylics, polyester laminates, titanium, carbon graphite, aluminum and steel. The type of componentry used will be customized based on weight capacity and what is best for your optimal function. Insurance coverage also will determine what type of componentry will be used.

The prosthetic industry is constantly changing and improving the componentry and fabrication of prosthetic limbs. A comprehensive range would be $5,000 to $20,000, depending on the individual needs of each person. Microchip computer technology is one of the most recent additions and can cost upwards of $50,000. Insurance coverage plays a large part in determining the cost. It is important to inquire about your co-pays and deductibles prior to being serviced so that you are fully aware of any out-of-pocket cost you may incur.

On average, most patients will wear a temporary prosthesis for 2-5 months depending on how quickly the residual limb stabilizes.

  1. Below knee amputee – 9%
  2. Above knee amputee – 60%
  3. Bilateral below knee amputee-180%
  4. Bilateral above knee amputee – 260%

Yes, your residual limb will shrink as the swelling goes down and will change from a bulbous shape to a thinner, cone like shape. There are various methods used for reducing the swelling that include wrapping the limb, and exercises.

Your silicone liner should be washed every night. Make sure it is cleaned thoroughly to remove any layers of film build-up. In addition, you should disinfect your liner once a week by cleaning it with rubbing alcohol.

Not necessarily, however, better and more efficient service can be provided when we see patients in our office. This allows us to access the tools in our lab and allows us to make adjustments to your prosthesis quickly and efficiently. If transportation and/or physical challenges are difficult for you, a home visit can be arranged by calling our office.

The number of renovations to your home will depend upon your personal needs. Many patients will need a shower chair, detachable showerhead and grab rails for the bathroom. You may also need to consider a ramp for the entrance to your home.

Yes, there are amputees involved in just about every sport. If you have participated in sports prior to your amputation, you can probably continue afterwards. Many sports have organized programs for amputees. Please be sure and let your prosthetist know about your desire to play sports, so he/she can design your prosthesis with that in mind.

Orthotic and Prosthetic Staff

Tambre Tedesco
ABC: Certified Fitter Orthotic, Mastectomy
BOC: Certified Orthotist
CIAT: Camp Institute of Applied Technology
Member- American Orthotic Prosthetic Association

Stacey Richardson
ABC: Certified Orthotist
BS: Movement Science – University of Michigan
Certificate of Orthotics – Northwestern University

Jessica Roels
Patient Coordinator and Customer Service

David Brown
Director Orthotics & Prosthetics
BA: Michigan State University

Testimonials

MedSupply Patients Share Their Experiences

“Everyone at MedSupply was very courteous and respectful to my needs and concern.”
– Dorcas Murray, Detroit

“Zia is a great Prosthetist who spent a lot of time working closely with me to get a comfortable fit. He did everything he promised and more. I would recommend him to anyone needing a prosthetic leg.”
– John Woodard, Detroit

“Recently I lost my left leg and had to be fitted with a prosthetic limb. Zia was responsible for designing and making my leg to my complete satisfaction. I recommend his work and care to anyone needing this service.”
– Joan Starr Bartmess, Saline

“Everyone at MedSupply cared about me as an individual and not just a number. The personal attention they showed made me feel as if they were working with a member of their own family.”
– Anonymous

“As a therapist, I like working with MedSupply because they listen to me and the patients I refer to them. They value my input, and they care about their patients.”
– Anonymous

“The way I started with MedSupply I was so happy. The guy that was working with me, his name was Jake, did really good. He made sure that the leg was everything I wanted. He asked what I expected from the leg. No missed appointments! He made sure it was the best of the best. The day I took my leg home it was everything I asked for. It felt so natural. I would only recommend MedSupply to everyone!”
– Marissa Gonzalez, Detroit

“My custom fit brace was completed in a timely manner, and anytime adjustments were needed, I had no problem scheduling an appointment.”
– Robert Moore, Farmington Hills

“Tambre is a great clinician who spent lots of time working with me to get a comfortable fit. She did everything she promised. I would recommend her to anyone needing a custom orthosis.”
– Amanda Gennette, Taylor

“As a therapist, I like working with MedSupply because they listen both to me and the patients I refer to them. They value my input, and they care about their patients”.
– Cindy T., Detroit