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making the prosthesis

Your prosthesis will be unique and custom to you. Materials, design, and fabrication will be selected based on an evaluation of your physique, lifestyle, and goals. The goal of any prosthesis is to be as comfortable as possible, while providing maximum mobility.


  • The shape an condition of your residual limb
  • Your physical and mental condition
  • Your previous activity level
  • Your age
  • Funding (insurance)

General Prosthetic Timeline

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Prosthesis Components

Rigid Removable Dressing (RRD)

The RRD is used to reduce fluid/edema to the amputated limb as well as control shape & protect the limb.


An elastic sock used to control swelling and promote healing to the amputated limb.


The rigid device your residual limb goes into.

The socket provides an opportunity to make your prosthesis unique to you and reflect your interests. A favorite t-shirt, fabric, or sport team could be laminated onto the prosthetic socket.  Socket can also resemble skin tone or generic black carbon fiber weave.


The interface that goes between your skin and the prosthetic

  • Cushion Liner
  • Locking Liner (pin or lanyard suspension)
Suspension Sleeve

A suspension sleeve is used to roll onto the thigh and create a seal between the limb and prosthesis.


Socks are used to provide cushion and reduce friction between the limb inside the prosthetic socket, as well as to adjust fit.

  • Socks come in different thicknesses: 1ply, 3ply, 5ply