Women Veterans Health Care
Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service for Women Veterans
The term "prosthetic" includes any medical device that supports or replaces loss of a body part or function.
Any specialized, medically necessary item that is commercially available may be procured based on the Veteran's needs.
VA's Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service (PSAS), Center for Women Veterans, and Office of Women's Health collaborate closely to address the unique needs of women Veterans and provide the most comprehensive and advanced prosthetic devices, sensory aids, and associated services in the world.
What services and devices does Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Services (PSAS) provide to Veterans?
PSAS provides a wide range of comprehensive services and devices to Veterans. Gender neutral services and devices provided include:
- Orthotic and Prosthetic Services
- Mobility Aids
- Audio and Visual Aids
- Communication and Assistive Devices
- Recreational and Rehabilitative Equipment
- Surgical Implants
- Durable Medical Equipment
- Automobile Adaptive Equipment
- Home Improvement and Structural Alterations
- Clothing Allowance
Specific examples of services and devices include but are not limited to:
- Custom fabricated and fitted limbs and supports for the spine or limbs
- Canes, walkers, and wheelchairs
- Aids for daily living
- Hearing aids and eyeglasses
- Diabetic shoes and inserts
- Sleep Apnea Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP machines) equipment and accessories
- Home respiratory therapy, home oxygen, and concentrators
- Surgical implants
- Rental of devices, such as beds and patient lifts
- Bathroom safety devices
VA recognizes that these prosthetics and services are not "one size fits all" and has made great strides in adapting services and equipment to meet the medical needs of women Veterans. VA is also working to further enhance the appearance and functionality of prosthetics to fit the lifestyles of women Veterans.
Gender specific examples include but are not limited to:
- Nursing bras and breast pumps
- Post mastectomy items
- Wigs for alopecia, post chemotherapy
- Long-acting reversible contraceptives (e.g., intrauterine devices)
- Maternity support belts and items
- Pelvic floor devices
- Vaginal dilators
- Mastectomy bathing suits
How do I access PSAS at VA?
Once your VA primary care provider determines what is medically needed to support your health care treatment plan, a consult can be submitted to PSAS. To be eligible for prosthetic or sensory aid services, you must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have a medical need for a prosthetic service or device. Additional eligibility criteria may apply for certain programs.
Contact a Women Veterans Program Manager (WVPM) at your nearest VA medical center to discuss your eligibility and options for prosthetics and sensory aids. A WVPM can help coordinate all services you may need, from primary care to specialized care for chronic medical or reproductive health conditions. Women Veterans interested in receiving care at VA should contact the nearest VA Medical Center and ask for the WVPM.
Where can I find more information, help, and resources on prosthetics?
- Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Services for Women
- VA Rehabilitation and Prosthetics Services home page
- VA Center for Women Veterans
The Women Veterans Call Center is your guide to women's health
If you have questions or can't find what you're looking for, you can call, text, or chat online with the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636 to get help and find available resources and services in your area. Trained women representatives can also help you with issues such as:
WVCC representatives are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET, and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET.
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