Prosthetic Limb Fitting Process
Before a patient can wear a prosthesis their residual limb must be healed and have attained the proper shape. This means that all fluids that accumulated due to the operation have been removed through compression therapy and that the residual limb edema has subsided. Once the residual limb has been properly formed and can bear weight an amputee can be fitted with an early or interim prosthesis.
Each patient should be fitted with the best prosthesis for their individual mobility needs.
Things that influence selection of a suitable prosthesis for each patient includes:
- Level of physical fitness and health
- The amputation level
- The demands an amputee will place on the prosthesis
- Professional and private environment
What to expect:
A qualified prosthetist will need to meet with an amputee in order to better understand their needs. In addition, a full assessment is needed of the residual limb shortly after the amputation to find out if an interim prosthesis is appropriate.
With the aid of pressure applied to the residual limb over a large surface area, swelling (edema) of the residual limb can be reduced and the residual limb can be formed for the future prosthetic fitting. This compression of the residual limb contributes to being able to do your prosthetic fitting as soon as possible and to make it easier to adjust your prosthesis. In addition, compression aids circulation in the residual limb. This reduces the amount of pain and results in improved healing of the scar. Various techniques are used for compression therapy: The residual limb may be wrapped with an elastic bandage, or compression socks or a prefabricated silicone liner may be worn.
After the prosthetic components for the patient in question have been determined, the prosthetic socket will be made and then finally aligned to best fit the individual’s walking style and ability. The proper fit of the socket is extremely important, just like a shoe, if it doesn’t fit well the amputee won’t be able to walk correctly. An amputee may undergo several trial fittings to make sure the socket and alignment is correct. Be patient with the process, the prosthetist will be working hard to make sure everything works as well as possible.
The functionality provided by prosthetic components such as prosthetic feet and prosthetic knee joints can vary a lot. This means that it’s important to select the right prosthetic components. These components and targeted training in how to use them are decisive factors in allowing an amputee to achieve their individual therapy goals.
Patient’s can rely on our expertise to choose the right modular system from a comprehensive selection of knees, feet and adaptors and to fabricate and to fit a prosthesis that matches their individual needs. The result is a prosthesis that you can rely on at every step during day-to-day life.