Posts From December, 2009


AK Amputation Options 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 11:04:11 AM
Knee Disarticulation Vs. Above Knee Amputation. When a surgeon decides what amputation level a patient should become there are many physiological considerations. If a surgeon determines that those considerations allow a choice between a transfemoral ... read more

Transcarpal Pros & Cons 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 11:02:21 AM
Transcarpal Amputation:  Overcoming Surprising Disadvantages The human hand is composed of the wrist bones (carpals), the mid hand bones (metacarpals), and the fingers (phalanges).  Transcarpal amputation is hand amputation... read more

Prosthetic Fashion Statement 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:17:19 AM
With prosthetics and amputees taking on a greater presence in the media, many amputees are feeling more comfortable in the public eye.  With this sense of comfort, some prosthetic users are even rethinking the objective of ‘fitting in’, opting... read more


Thursday, December 03, 2009 9:03:23 AM
The Use of Stubbies for Bilateral Above Knee Amputees Bilateral above knee amputees are faced with a unique challenge in that they must overcome the loss of both knees and both feet. This poses a... read more

Above Knee Donning 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:53:32 AM
‘Donning’ a prosthesis refers to the application of a prosthetic device to the user’s body.  ‘Doffing’ a prosthesis is the act of removing the prosthetic device.  There are several ways for an amputee to put on a prosthesis, depending on ... read more

BK Suspension Systems 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:47:33 AM
Prosthetic socks can belong to one of three very general design categories.  In Patellar Tendon Bearing (PTB) sockets, very specific areas of the residual limb bear the majority of the weight bearing pressure.  Pressure here is usually... read more

Functional Envelopes (Myoelectric vs Body Powered Arm... 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:45:21 AM
The functional envelope for an upper extremity (arm) prosthesis is the area in which a prosthetic user can operate the prosthesis.  The functional envelope can be limited for various reasons, most commonly either the user's anatomy or innate... read more

Lower Limb Cosmetic Covers 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:41:00 AM
A prosthetic cosmetic cover is a cover applied over the endoskeletal structure of a prosthesis.  The term ‘cosmetic cover’ is misleading, as a cover can provide a very functional role:  protecting the inner prosthetic components from... read more

Post-op Prosthetic Care Options 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:38:22 AM
There are a number of options for early post-operative care for amputees, depending on the medical provider preferences, the amputee’s unique medical condition, and other factors, such as insurance coverage.  Here is a breakdown of the most... read more

Prosthetic Feet 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:36:31 AM
A prosthetic foot is one of many components incorporated into a below or above knee prosthetic limb. ... read more

Prosthetic Knees 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:13:58 AM
A natural knee unit functions on many levels, often times being involuntarily controlled by a person without deliberate thought.  Prosthetic knees require conscious effort on the part of the amputee.  As the natural knee possesses a ... read more

Prosthetic Socket 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 7:12:01 AM
A prosthesis, or artificial limb, is composed of several components.  The most crucial component of any prosthesis is the prosthetic socket.  A socket is the portion of the prosthesis that the residual limb fits... read more

Prosthetic Soft Goods 

Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:57:13 AM
Prosthetic soft goods are additional 'soft' supplies that are used on the residual limb when wearing, or not wearing, a prosthesis.  These goods are fabricated exclusively for amputees and are typically replaced more frequently than the... read more

Silicone Restoration 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:48:07 AM
Ancient literature offers the first reports of the cosmetic artificial body parts, from wax ears during the time of the Pharaohs, to the metal noses of the 16th century.  By the 18th century, dentists developed more sophisticated dentures and ... read more

Transfemoral Suspension Systems 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:43:43 AM
  An above knee prosthetic socket is the most important component of the above knee prosthesis.  The socket is what comes into direct contact with the user and dictates the success or failure of the prosthetic rehabilitation. There are... read more

Transtibial BK Prosthetic Alignment 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 10:41:46 AM
Helpful Terminology   Gait    An individual’s walking pattern Ambulation    Walking Alignment    The spatial relationship between prosthetic... read more

Upper Extremity Prosthetic Options 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 9:03:20 AM
  A passive functional prosthesis offers very realistic cosmetics and can perform limited function. Examples of passive functional prostheses include: · Custom silicone finger(s) · Partial hand prosthesis · A below elbow or... read more

What is a Pre-Amputation Conference? 

Wednesday, December 02, 2009 8:47:39 AM
  Losing a part of a leg, or any other part of your body, can be a very traumatic experience. Under many circumstances such as trauma or cancer, an amputation happens immediately. However, there are other cases in which a person has to decide... read more
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