Ken Vyvlecka is no stranger to dealing with a lot of moving parts - as the owner and sole practitioner of Family O&P in Kearney, Nebraska, this father of eleven is highly motivated to provide the best care for his patients, and still have time for family.
Before hearing about the Galileo program, Ken was accustom to fabricating his sockets by hand. However, when he heard about the 3D on-site printer and digital technicians working in the background to implement his design he decided to give it a try.
After a quick on-site installation and fine tuning his scanner, Ken’s been off to the races. “Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the fast turnaround time, quality, and precision of the sockets.”
“Overall, I’ve been very pleased with the fast turnaround time, quality, and precision of the sockets.”
Three months into the program, Ken is able to scan casts, molds, or the patient. A simple order form similar to a central fabrication facility order is filled out and within a few hours a socket is completed on his printer ready for fitting. By use of text messaging, Ken can communicate instantly with the Galileo Digital Technicians to get the job done right.
To highlight an advantage of the 3D printer, Ken’s patient Amanda Walker (in photo) was the first to be fit with the in-house printed Galileo socket. She had traveled a great distance to see him for a new prosthesis. Cast first thing in the morning, her socket was printed and fit that afternoon, leaving plenty of time to do a second socket if needed the same day. The laminated socket was done that afternoon and the next morning she was happily walking in a new prosthesis.
Another advantage he has seen is the ability to print a socket for a new amputee with a fairly bulbous leg. “If I’d made the socket myself, I would’ve been pouring then breaking out plaster from the check socket. The model would be unusable. With the 3D printer, any shape can be printed.” Ken has also been able to print flexible inner liners to use in definitive sockets, expanding the value he gets from a single printer and the Galileo program.
“If I’d made the socket myself, I would’ve been pouring then breaking out plaster from the check socket. The model would be unusable. With the 3D printer, any shape can be printed.”
Want to bring the money and turnaround savings to your clinic like Family O&P? Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you a free 3D printed check socket to fit on your next patient. Find more information here: The Galileo Program!
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