Above Knee

Above Knee (Trans-Femoral)

Definitive Prosthesis

Once a patient’s limb has stabilized, they are now ready to be fit with their definitive or permanent prosthesis. The options that are available for the definitive prosthesis cover every aspect of construction and use by the patient.

Socket designs may vary from a quad design or cat-cam design, laminated, or thermoplastic. Type of suspension can range from a pelvic band and waist belt, a Silesian belt, suction, or a liner with a locking pin. Knee’s range from stance control, four bar, pneumatic controled, hydraulic controled, or computer control such as the C-leg.

There are shock pylons with or without rotation that are available, and a whole array of prosthetic feet; from the basic sach foot, to dynamic response feet, to energy storing feet that maybe used in conjuction with or without an ankle.

All of these variations are not suitable for every patient, to see what prosthesis is best for you contact your physician or one of our trained practioners for a consultation to design a prosthesis that fits your exact needs.

 

Temporary Prosthesis

As soon as a patient has sufficently healed, the first prosthesis fitted, is a preparatory or temporary prosthesis. The temporary prosthesis is fabricated in a simple yet fully functional design.

The above knee Temporary prosthesis consist of a polypropylene split socket, manual locking or stance controled knee, pylon, and a sach or dynamic response foot. Photo A. shows a typical A/K temporary set-up. Suspension for the A/K temporary may vary from a pelvic joint, band and belt, or a silesian belt.

The temporary prosthesis has two primary functions. The first is to allow the patient to begin ambulating (walking) again. The second is to help control edma (swelling) and to start the maturing process of the residual limb. As a patient’s limb starts the maturing process, the split socket design allows the patient to self- adjust the fit of the prosthesis.