Most of the components designed for the above knee prosthesis are suitable for amputees who have lost function about the hip due to amputation just below the hip joint, at the hip joint (hip-disarticulation), or hemipelvectomy (when half of the pelvis has been removed).
To provide better control of the prosthesis, the artificial hip joint is placed on the front of the socket rather than opposite the anatomical hip joint.
The socket is fabricated out of a combination of rigid and flexible resins or thermoplastics to allow it to conform to the patient.
The hemipelvectomy prosthesis presents an added problem to the practioner because there is no ischial bone present to aid in weight bearing. For more options and in depth instructions on this prosthesis contact the Prosthetic Solutions staff.