Off Beat Elk image on prosthesis Some come in camo

first_imgHis patients often want to add an artistic personal touch — an elk image, for example — to a prosthetic limb, Mark Sauser says. A recent on-the-job feature for our business section provided an interesting look at prosthetic limbs … and an elk.Actually, the elk image was part of a prosthetic leg. Putting them together is all part of Mark Sauser’s job.“I like to customize prosthetic devices to match people’s interests,” Sauser said. “Something that reflects what they’re all about.“It used to be that people liked to have a cosmetically finished leg, one that looked more like a real leg. We still do that,” said Sauser, managing practitioner at the two Vancouver offices of Evergreen Prosthetics and Orthotics.However, Sauser continued, “It has become a lot more acceptable to have a prosthetic leg. A lot of people are proud to show it, show that they’re able to overcome so many obstacles and get up and walk. They’re making a statement, to a certain extent.”Does customizing cost extra?“No,” he said. “It makes my job more interesting.”Some patients are sports fans who are willing to go out on a limb, you might say, to show their loyalties.“Here in town, we get a lot of Oregon Ducks and Seahawks and Trail Blazers,” Sauser said. “A lot of times, we’re using colors, not licensed logos. We can add pigments to resins to make all kinds of specialty colors.”And if a prosthetics user does want to sport an actual team logo, they’re available anywhere. It just means buying a team T-shirt and wearing it on your leg: a portion of the shirt, anyway.“Sometimes, it’s taking a T-shirt and cutting out the logo and putting it on the limb.”That works for a lot of customized images. Rather than painting something on the limb, “We’re taking something that already exists,” Sauser said.last_img read more