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Cascade Prosthetics & Orthotics Will insurance cover my new orthosis (brace)? Answer: In most cases insurance will cover the orthosis if there is a doctor’s prescription and it is a covered service in your policy. Medicare now requires physicians to write in their chart notes why the orthosis is necessary, what benefit the orthosis will provide, and why it should be custom vs. prefabricated. How often will my prosthesis (artificial limb) need to be replaced? Answer: This depends on many factors such as patients age, activity level, and how recent the amputation occurred. Most prostheses will last 2-5 years with minor adjustments and repairs. There are always components and parts that wear out so patients should see their prosthetist at least once a year.

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