Long Island Weekly feature on Progressive O&P

A closer look inside Progressive O&P’s on-site fabrication lab where practitioners cast and mold prosthetics.

According to the Amputee Coalition of America, there will be 3.6 million people living with some type of limb amputation by the year 2050. In order to bring awareness to this issue, the Amputee Coalition of America has designated the month of April as Limb Loss Awareness Month.

For more than 15 years, the clinical staff at the Albertson-based facility, Progressive Orthotics and Prosthetics which is located at 1111 Willis Ave., has given its patients a new outlook on life—especially for those whose life suddenly takes an unexpected turn.

“The only limitations you’ll have [as an amputee] is what you put on yourself,” said certified prosthetist and co-owner of Progressive O&P, Dan Bastian. “If you want to do something, you’ll be able to do it.”

As an amputee himself, Bastian understands what his patients go through when they walk through the facility’s door. At only 15 years old, Bastian was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma in his right leg. After countless unsuccessful reconstructive surgeries to repair the damaged bone and musculature, Bastian made the hard decision to have his right leg amputated six inches below his hip and has walked with a prosthesis ever since.

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