How does an above the knee prosthetic work?
An above-knee prosthesis includes a socket, knee joint, ankle joint, and foot components. You will receive a temporary prosthesis at first while your residual limb continues to heal and shrink/shape over several months of healing. The prosthesis will be modified to fit as needed over this time.
How long does it take to build a prosthetic leg?
How long does it take to get a prosthetic leg? The build and delivery time generally should take four weeks based on patient compliancy through the process.
What do we call a prosthesis that replaces a leg above the knee?
A transfemoral prosthesis is often the most challenging of the four main types. It replaces a missing leg above the knee. A transfemoral prosthesis usually allows for seemingly normal movement and function after a lengthy rehabilitation process.
How long does above knee amputation take to heal?
It will take 1 to 2 months for the remaining limb to heal. Physical activity will be limited during recovery. You may need to ask for help with daily activities and delay return to work. You will need to learn new ways to do daily tasks.
Can you walk after above knee amputation?
Any amputation is life-altering, but people with bilateral above-knee amputations face a particularly complicated process of physical and emotional rehabilitation. The long-term goal is usually being able to walk again with prosthetic legs.
What are the different types of prosthetic legs?
There are Four Main Types of Artificial Limbs. These include the transtibial, transfemoral, transradial, and transhumeral prostheses. The type of prosthesis depends on what part of the limb is missing.
What do you need to know about above knee prosthetics?
Above Knee Leg Prosthetics An above knee (AK) or transfemoral (TF) prosthesis is custom made for a person who has had a AK or TF amputation. The prosthesis consists of a custom made socket, liner, knee, pylon, and foot. Sometimes the prosthesis may consist of a sleeve or other harness, depending on the suspension system used for that patient.
How long does it take to make a knee prosthesis?
Creating a definitive prosthesis and adjusting its fit may require several visits and can take a few weeks to complete, in order to help ensure your comfort and functionality. Depending on your activity level and use of your device, a prosthesis can last anywhere from two to five years.
When do you get a knee prosthesis after an amputation?
The prosthesis consists of a custom made socket, liner, knee, pylon, and foot. Sometimes the prosthesis may consist of a sleeve or other harness, depending on the suspension system used for that patient. The process to start getting a AK prosthesis can start as soon as a few days/weeks after the amputation.
How are prosthetics made at the Hanger Clinic?
He/she will listen to your goals and then apply their clinical expertise to design the right prosthesis, customized to your specific needs. When your residual limb is sufficiently healed, you will be measured and fit with a prosthesis. The prosthesis you take home will be custom-made using materials most appropriate for your needs.