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.

CONSIDERATIONS

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

General Prosthetic Timeline

Follow up with your prosthetist.
Once developed, we will fit you with your definitive prosthesis.
Especially for first time users, physical therapy will be necessary to safely master your new prosthesis.
Once made, you will come in to be fit with your check socket. To ensure a proper fit, additional check sockets may be made and tested as needed. When right, we will begin to develop your definitive prosthesis.
We will take measurements of your residual limb and/or make a cast to begin your diagnostic prosthetic socket, often referred to as a Check Socket.
When your incision line is fully healed, you will meet with your ēlizur prosthetist for an initial evaluation. During your evaluation, your prosthetist will be looking at the strength and range of motion of all your extremities. They will also discuss with you your personal goals. Taking the evaluation into consideration, together you will decide on the type of prosthesis that is best for you.
After your physician has removed your sutures or staples and cleared you for treatment, a Rigid Removable Dressing or Shrinker will be applied in the hospital.

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.

Shrinker

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

Socket

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.

Liner

The interface that goes between your skin and the prosthetic

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

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

Socks

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