Custom Prosthetic Care
Prosthetics is the art of providing artificial limbs (prostheses) for people who have an upper or lower extremity limb loss (or deficiency). A prosthesis may be needed to accommodate a birth deficiency, a traumatic injury, or complications from an illness such as cancer or diabetes. All of our prostheses are custom to the individual's needs and goals. We fit patients from a few months old to in their 90's. We are also honored to work with Veterans and Active Military Members.
The types of limb loss that we provide prostheses for include:
- Transtibial (below knee)
- Transfemoral (above knee)
- Hip Disarticulation
- Symes and Partial Foot
- Bilateral (both the right and left)
- Upper Extremity (hands and arms)
If you have a unique situation, please give us a call. We most likely have had experience fitting your type of amputation. For more information about our prosthetic solutions to these types of amputations, keep reading…
Whenever we tell people that we work in prosthetics, they inevitably ask us about the technology. And yes, we work with really cool technology (see the list below). But we also work with really cool people who are able to use that technology to reach their full potential. Technological advances allow us to "engineer" a prosthesis that is most appropriate for your lifestyle and physical condition. We combine our highly skilled craft with personalized patient care to help you reach your goals.
Advanced technologies that we work with include:
- Myoelectric prostheses
- Hydraulic knees and feet
- Ultra-light titanium and carbon fiber components
- Microprocessor knees (C-Leg, Rheo, Genium, etc.)
- Microprocessor feet (Proprio, Triton Smart Ankle, etc.)
- Vertical shock, multi-axial, and dynamic response feet
- Vacuum, suction, and locking suspension
- Powered prostheses (BIONX BIOM and emPOWER, Touch Bionics i-Limb, POWER KNEE, etc.)
Below Knee | Transtibial
Also known as a BK prosthesis. This typically consists of a custom-made socket, and a foot/ankle. Our advanced socket technology has come a long way and creates a great devise that protects the skin from excessive pressure and friction. Prosthetic feet/ankles provide a combination of energy return and ground compliance that mimic the human foot.
Above Knee | Transfemoral
Also known as an AK prosthesis. This combines a custom-made socket with a supportive frame, knee unit, and foot/ankle. Prosthetic sockets support the body weight through the pelvic anatomy and can be suspended using numerous methods. Knee units mimic the anatomical control of the thigh muscles around the knee. Microprocessor controlled knees have provided above-knee amputees great control to prevent falls and to allow safe ramp and stair decent. Prosthetic feet/ankles provide a combination of energy return and ground compliance that mimic the human foot.
These levels of lower extremity amputation require expert prosthetic care due to the loss of three joints: the hip, knee and ankle. Attached to a "bucket" style socket, a prosthetic hip, knee and foot/ankle are used to restore function and mobility.
Symes & Partial Foot
These types are challenging prostheses to fabricate due to the unique aspects of these amputations. Beneficial aspects to the patient are full length Tibia and Fibula bones creating a long lever to control the prosthesis. Also most of these amputee’s can distal weight bear. While there many levels of partial foot amputations, partial foot management typically involves some type a custom designed foot orthosis or insert with a “toe filler” to fill out the remainder of the shoe. Many partial foot prostheses can fit directly into the patient’s existing shoe.
Upper Extremity | Hands and Arms
Upper extremity prosthetics provide both function and cosmesis and allow amputees to perform basic and advanced tasks. The human hand is complicated, but the latest prosthetic technology ensures that patients with upper limb loss can accomplish all their goals.
In some cases, both the right and left extremities are amutated. This could be at different levels or at the same level, as shown in our other prosthetic specialties. No matter what, we are trained with the highest level of technology to get you back to functioning without limitations.
Sports Specific Prosthesis
Most lower limb prostheses are designed for everyday use, however for those who want to push the boundaries, specially designed prostheses for specific activities such as for swimming or running or skiing are within reach. This branch of prosthetics pulls from the clinical and scientific research from a range of disciplines, including the work of mechanical, biomechanical, electrical, and industrial engineers and designers, to create prosthetic legs, arms, feet, ankles, hands, fingers, and toes.
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