Upper Limb Prosthetics

    Level of Limb Loss

    Many factors are considered when deciding where to perform an amputation, including clinical indications and likelihood of successful use of assistive devices or prostheses at a certain level. There are many solutions available for upper limb prosthesis that can give you the confidence and independence to live a normal lifestyle.


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    At the Shoulder:

    At the shoulder amputations, or shoulder disarticulation, are rare, but are most commonly are to remove cancer or infection and trauma. This type of amputation is complex, because it involves removing the entire arm and upper arm bone from the shoulder blade and collarbone. As always it is important to think about your functional and mobility goals. The components that make up an Upper Limb Prosthesis are: socket, suspension, elbow, wrist, and terminal device (hand or hook). These components all work seamlessly together to provide you with the mobility to be independent.

    Above the Elbow:

    30% of upper limb amputations in the United States are above the elbow, and are usually due to trauma, disease, or infection. The two most common procedures are transhumeral aputations, between the elbow and shoulder, and elbow eisarticulation amputations, occurring through the elbow joint. Above-elbow prostheses usually include: a socket, suspension, eblow, and terminal device (hand or hook). It could also include a separate wrist piece.

    Below the Elbow:

    70% of upper limb amputations in the United States occur below the elbow. The most common below-elbow procedures are transradial amputations, between the wrist and elbow, and wrist disarticulations, through the wrist joint.

    Hand or Partial Hand:

    The most common upper limb amputation, is hand and finger amputations. These are commonly caused by trauma and it is common to experience limited range of motion, misalignment of remaining fingers, hypersensitivity or insensitivity, scarring and lack of strength in the remaining portions of the hand. Using a hand prosthesis can give you more confidence and normal use of your impacted hand. Even if it is only a finger or two, it is said that it makes it easier to hold spare change, grip irregular objects, and so much more.


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