Prosthetics lab walk-through at Boston VA facility

Certified prosthetist Eric Lydon gives us an inside look



To learn more about the work VA does daily for Veterans, the MyVA Advisory Committee (MVAC) recently took a tour of the prosthetics lab at the Jamaica Plain VA facility in Boston. Certified prosthetist Eric Lydon showed the group different types of prosthetics he has been working on, and the process they go through when using enhanced technology to meet a Veteran’s needs.

After the demonstrations for the MVAC group, Lydon was nice enough to give our digital media team a walk-through of the laboratory. He gives us a brief step-by-step of how the staff in the lab would create a prosthetic for a Veteran. The process starts with a negative cast and ends with a diagnostic mold.

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Author

Timothy Lawson

Timothy Lawson has been a member of VA’s Digital Media Engagement team since April 2016. He graduated from American University’s School of Communications in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Tim is a Marine Corps Veteran having served as a Marine Security Guard posted at embassies in Algeria, Russia, and Peru.

Comments

  1. Don Dutra    

    Proud to say Eric is my cousin, happy to say I don’t need his services. Great job, Cuz!!

  2. Tee Jr. Masaniai    

    THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND TO THIS SERIOUS MATTER ABOUT “PTOSTHETIC” CLINIC DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE VA. I’VE MOVED TO PHOENIX ARIZONA IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2009. IT WAS FINE AT FIRST, UNTIL LATE 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. WHEN I DISCOVERED UNSCRUPULOUS, MALADMINISTER CONDUCT OF UNETHICAL TREATMENT CONDUCT APPEARS TO BE ABEYANCE OF TREATMENT SERVICE, INCLUDING WAITING TIME UNNECESSARILY ON MYSELF, AS WELL AS OTHER VETERANS. ALSO; X-RAY EVALUATION, AS IN WAS TOLD BY MY PRIMARY DOCTOR ABOUT MY CHEST X-RAY; THAT SHE SAW A SPOT IN MY LUNG, AND SHE WANTS TO GET A BIOPSY ON MY LUNG. TO DETERMINE IF IT ISN’T A CANCER. I SAID OKAY. MEANWHILE, I NEVER HEARD FROM HER AFTER THAT APPOINTMENT. SO! I WAS CURIOUS TO FIND OUT. AND THE EMERALD CLINIC WORKERS TOLD ME, THAT SHE IS NO LONGER WORK THERE. FURTHERMORE, MY AGENT ORANGE ISSUE. I WAS SEEN DR. AT THE EMERALD CLINIC RASHES IN MY BODY….AND HE TOLD ME, THAT THE RASH ON MY FEET, CROUCH, UNDER-ARMS, EYE-SIGHT, ETC. THEY WERE AFFECTED BY THE DIOXIN CHEMICAL SPRAYED OVER IN VIETNAM. SOME VA DOCTOR NEVER AGREE WHICH DEEMED TO BE ESPECIALLY EGREGIOUS A WILLFUL CONCEALMENT, WILLFUL ARTIFICE EVALUATION IN DEPRIVING SUCH LITERAL DISEASE WAS AFFECTING ME DURING MY TWO COMBAT TOURS IN VIETNAM, FROM: 1966-1967 & 1969-1970. I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART….THE DEPRIVATION PUT UPON MY AGENT ORANGE ILLNESS FALLS UNDER: “DISABILITY DISCRIMINATION” WITHOUT A DOUBT. I HAVE SEEN EXAMINATION EVAUATION FROM DIFFERENT DOCTORS DEEMED WILLFUL SUPPRESSING, WILLFUL CONCEALED, WILLFUL PLAYING A ROLE OF DEFIANT, & DEVIANT ON ME WITH SUCH DEADLY AGENT ORANGE DISEASE. KNOWING LOTS OF VIETNAM VETERANS HAVE DIED FROM…INCLUDING MY OWN BROTHER PASSED AWAY IN MARCH 11, 2016 FROM A LUNG CANCER. VA WAITED UNTIL IT GETS TO STAGE 4 AND CLAIM SUCH LUNG CANCER DISEASES; BECOME TOO LATE TO BE TREATED AT ALL. IT SEEMS LIKE A “POLITICAL GAME” OF SOME KIND PERHAPS. ALSO MY “LEFT ANKLE” DAMAGES WAS NEVER SERVICE CONNECTED, NOR RATING SINCE 1989 UP UNTIL 2010 WHICH IS RIDICULOUS, DESPICABLE, AND DISCRIMINATORY. I LIVE IN FEAR WITH SERIOUS WOUNDS IN MY BODY, AND, INNER MOST BODY THAT VA MEDICAL CENTER ARE PLAYING A ROLE OF DEFIANT & DEVIATE ON MY AGENT ORANGE LEGITIMATE MEDICAL ISSUE UNTIL I DIE AND WILL BLAME IT ON SMETHING ELSE OBVIOUSLY. I AM SEEKING JUSTICE ON THIS SERIOUS DEADLY DISEASES WHICH VA MEDICAL CENTER IGNORED AND DEFY ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT. AND I AM STILL CAUGHING OUT YELLOW MUCUS AS WELL AS SHORTEN OF BREATH EVER SINCE. EVEN MY LEFT ANKLE GIVEN ME LOTS OF CHRONIC PAINS, WHICH I AM SUFFERING WITH .

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