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Upper extremity

 

There are several different types of upper extremity amputations that can occur including:

  • Fingers or partial hand (transphalangeal or transcarpal)
  • Wrist disarticulation (through the wrist joint)
  • Below-elbow (transradial)
  • Elbow disarticulation (through the elbow joint)
  • Above-elbow (transhumeral)
  • Bilateral (both sides of the body are affected)
  • Shoulder disarticulation (through the shoulder joint)
  • Interscapular Thoracic (removal of entire shoulder girdle)

Above-knee

An above-knee (AK) prosthesis consists of a custom-made socket combined with a supportive frame, knee unit, pylon, and foot. Sometimes a suspension sleeve or harness may also be necessary.   

Below-Knee

A below-knee (BK) prosthesis will typically consist of a custom-made socket, a pylon and a foot. Sometimes a suspension sleeve or harness may also be necessary.