Prosthetic Services Provided:

Our Certified Prosthetists are trained to assess, measure, and cast for custom made prosthetic devices. Prosthetic services are covered 100% for residents of Manitoba by the Manitoba Health Services Commission for most items, and for items not covered 3rd party insurance agencies may reimburse for part or all the cost. WinPO welcomes all inquiries about our services. Our Prosthetists are experts when dealing with any level of amputation, prosthetic design and components including:

  • Energy storing / Dynamic Feet
  • Microprocessor (C-Leg) components
  • Vacuum Assisted Suspension Systems, including the Otto Bock Harmony
  • Custom Liners
  • Hip Disarticulation and Hemi Pelvectomy prostheses (including Otto Bock Helix hip)
  • Myo Electric powered devices for Upper Extremity Amputation
  • Fore Quarter and shoulder disarticulation prostheses
  • Sport or Swimming Prostheses

The Treatment Process

Most likely you will be referred to us by your physician or physiotherapist. All services, other than repairs or supplies, require a physician's prescription. The treatment that we provide to our patients includes complete ongoing care. It is very important to us that our patients are included, as much as possible, in the important decisions that need to be made regarding the care that we provide. Chronologically, the typical treatment process includes:

  • Pre-prosthetic counseling
  • Initial Appointment
  • Casting (mold taking)
  • Diagnostic / Initial Prosthesis
  • Trial Period
  • Definitive Prosthesis
  • Follow-ups

Pre - Prosthetic Counseling:

Our Prosthetists are available to speak with new amputees or those preparing for a future amputation. This appointment can be arranged to be at our clinic or in hospital post-surgery; and comes with no obligation. It is important that you are comfortable with the Prosthetist that you choose as we will be working very closely with you for a long period of time. At this appointment you can ask us about the process involved or possible treatment plans. We can also refer you to other health care professionals or information sources.

Initial Appointment:

This may occur at a hospital, or at our clinic. You will meet with a Prosthetist who will assess you for physical determinants such as strength, range of motion, and sensation. Other information such as history, goals, and living conditions will be discussed in order for us to determine an appropriate treatment process. It may be helpful to have a family member or friend with you to help in asking/answering questions. A plan will be laid out, and prosthetic components will be discussed. At this time a mold may be taken of your residual limb to fabricate a custom prosthetic socket, or a compression garment (shrinker sock) will be delivered and a casting appointment made.


This is the point at which a cast or mold is made of your residual limb. Again, this may be at the hospital if you are an In-patient, or at our clinic. (For lower extremity patients, it is helpful to have shorts or loose fitting pants that can be rolled up). Measurements are taken, and the impression is made. This appointment usually lasts approximately 1 hour. The next appointment will be to fit your temporary prosthesis. From casting date to fitting date, we will have a diagnostic prosthesis ready in 1 week or less.

Diagnostic / Initial Prosthesis:

Once the mold has been modified, the diagnostic socket fabricated, and the rest of the prosthesis assembled, it is time for the initial fitting. An assessment of the socket is made, and necessary adjustments are done. For lower extremity patients, the alignment of the prosthesis’ components is established so that you can stand and walk comfortably and safely. For upper extremity patients, the prosthesis will be adjusted to enable you to control the terminal device (hand or hook). You will be educated on how to manage the comfort within the socket.

Trial Period:

We may decide that it is a good idea for you to use your new prosthesis for a period of time. This can be from as little as a few weeks, to have a real opportunity to give us feedback, to a few months to allow post-operative swelling to go down. If you are a new amputee your limb will change rapidly over the course of a few months, and we may be required to adjust the prosthesis accordingly due to your change in condition; or several temporary sockets may need to be made as your limb changes. If you are a mature amputee (~18 months or more after your amputation) the trial period will be a question of days to weeks for you to try out the new socket.

All of our diagnostic sockets are reinforced with either a fiberglass wrap or a nyglass and resin coating to facilitate its safety and durability for trial/use.

Definitive Prosthesis:

After the trial period, when we are satisfied with the function of the prosthesis, we manufacture a cosmetically finished prosthesis. The definitive socket is manufactured out of fiberglass and carbon fibre for strength and durability. The process to fabricate the definitive prosthesis takes 1 week or less. All manufacturing services are done in our clinic by highly trained technicians in order to ensure quality.

At this appointment we will ensure that any minor changes from the temporary prosthesis were made correctly, and that the patient is happy with the comfort, function and cosmesis of the definitive prosthesis. The appointment for your definitive prosthesis usually lasts ~1/2 hour.

Follow up:

We schedule the first follow-up appointment about two weeks after you receive your definitive prosthesis. Should you have any issues, problems or questions, please do not hesitate to call us before a follow up is scheduled. Often a minor adjustment can greatly improve your comfort and function. At the follow-up appointment, we monitor your progress and make any necessary changes. These appointments are ongoing, as we continue to provide service to our patients by checking skin, wear on prosthetic components and provide supplies as needed.