As, a recent amputee I had the great pleasure and honor to meet Peter
Couture, CP, President and Clinical Director of Next Step Orthotics &
Prosthetics located in Warwick, RI.
I met Peter prior to my amputation for a consult. Peter took the time to
discuss my options that I may have after
having an amputation. Since my case is not your
typical amputation case due the fact that I suffer
from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). My amputation would be a little bit
different for many reasons:
1. How would my RSD react to the amputation? Would the
amputation cause my RSD pain to get worse?
2. How would my stump react to wearing the prosthetic?
3. Would I be able to stand or even take my first steps in more than 20
Peter, took the time to listen to all my concerns and fears about having
an amputation. Peter and his staff have made me feel so comfortable and
confident that everything that I am doing will work
out well for me.
Well, I must tell you that it has only been 11 weeks since my surgeries
(August 25 and 27, 2008). I had to have a two-stage amputation due to the
infection in my left foot. On November 12, 2008, I was able to
stand without the use of my crutches and I took my first steps in more
than 20 years.
I, now recall the first meeting that I had with Peter. He told me that he
would have me walking the first time I put on my new leg. Well, I must tell you
that he was 100% right.
It has been more than 20 years since I last walked on two feet. With the
help of Peter and his staff, I am able to take my Next Step in life.
I can't thank Peter and his staff enough for all their help and support.
You all have made my life so much better.
All my Best!
Eric M. Phillips
To contact Peter Couture, CP,
President and Clinical Director of Next Step Orthotics &
visit Next Step's website at:
My First Steps After 20 Years
November 12, 2008