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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Prosthesis

A prosthesis is a medical tool used as a replacement for a missing limb or part of a limb. The use of a prosthesis is often recommended for those who have lost their limb as a result of trauma or chronic medical condition.

With the right prosthesis, you can live a quality life even after the loss of the limb. A prosthesis that fits and functions well can help you to regain independence and achieve goals. Because a prosthesis is an artificial device, over time, you may find the need to replace it. The prosthesis will wear down with use, or parts of it may need to be replaced as a result of a change in lifestyle or other factors.

You may know that it’s time to replace your prosthetic when experiencing one of or more of the following signs:

1. Changes in your physical status
A prosthetist should be consulted if there are changes in your physical status. This can be an increase or decrease in the volume of your residual limb, presence of skin irritation, and weight loss or gain.

2. New activity goals
Setting new activity goals is another sign that you should get a new prosthesis. It is important to research the activities you are hoping to perform to know if your current prosthesis is designed to accommodate such activities safely and effectively.

3. Appearance of the prosthesis bothers you
As your lifestyle changes, there may be some things about your prosthetic that bothers you. This may include the appearance of your prosthetic. Speak with a prosthesis about the visual options for your prosthesis to find a solution that works best for you.

4. Prosthesis parts no longer work
When a part or parts of a prosthesis no longer work, then you will need to replace or update them as dysfunctional parts can affect the way you move around and perform regular daily activities.

5. Parts of the prosthesis have shrunk or stretched
A prosthetic with parts that have stretched or shrunk should be replaced as they may compromise your safety. They may also cause a great deal of discomfort, especially when moving about.

At Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, we will help you find the most suitable prosthetic replacement. We have a team of experts who will evaluate your condition and work with you to find the best prosthetic replacement for your long term needs. Request a free consultation online or by calling (865) 474-7096 today!

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