For patients who need a copy of their medical records, a Medical Records Release Authorization Form must be completed. In accordance with Georgia State Law, there will be a nominal fee [$0.12/page and the cost of postage] to make copies of a patient’s chart to cover copy and postage charges. There is no charge if the patient picks up their medical record or it is transferred directly to another provider. If a patient chooses to pick up the copy of their medical record or have it sent directly to their healthcare provider please do so by November 1, 2018. After November 1, 2018, all records will be retained at 987 Saint Sebastian Way, EC 3430, Augusta, Georgia, 30912, for ten years and then destroyed according to state regulation. Please call 706-721-1225 before November 1, 2018, and after November 1, 2018 please call 706-721-2621 for information.
Anaplastology is a branch of medicine focused on prosthetic rehabilitation. It creates realistic-appearing noses, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, and other parts of the body.
A prosthesis is a medical device that replaces or camouflages missing anatomy. They are typically made of acrylic or silicone tinted to match the patient's skin and customized using traditional sculpting techniques. Prostheses are usually removed daily for care and cleaning.
Three retention methods are used to keep the prosthesis in place. The most common form, adhesive retention, is best suited for patients for whom additional surgery is not recommended. Bone-anchored retention (osseointegration) attaches the prosthesis to implants anchored in the bone and usually require two surgeries. Mechanical retention relies on another structure to keep the prosthesis in place, for example, eyeglasses, and is a good option for patients with limited manual dexterity or sight.
Typically, four to eight visits with the anaplastologist are needed. The process takes about six weeks to complete. Additional visits are required for bone-anchored prostheses for surgical planning purposes.
Insurance plans that offer Durable Medical Equipment coverage typically cover a percentage of the cost. Preauthorization is needed before work begins, and payment is required upon delivery of the prosthesis.