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Preparing For a Successful Prosthesis

One of the things that’s unique about Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center in Knoxville, is the ability to provide comprehensive care that begins even BEFORE a limb is amputated.

When a Premier Surgical patient facing limb loss decides that it is time to schedule an amputation, they have an opportunity to meet with one of our vascular surgeons and our Prosthetist prior to the surgery. This allows the surgeon, prosthetist, and patient an opportunity to discuss important elements of the surgery together, including what to expect before, during, and after the amputation procedure.

It is also a time to discuss the patient’s mobility goals and expectations, so surgical techniques can be employed that best accommodate an appropriate prosthesis in the future. The prosthetist may be present during the amputation and afterwards to help guide the patient through the surgery and recovery process.

Creating a Prosthesis

A prosthesis is an artificial device that helps patients regain independence after losing part or all of an arm or leg. There are several factors to consider when designing a prosthesis for a patient, including their activity levels, personal preferences in appearance, and long term mobility goals.

Other elements a prosthetist will discuss to help lay the groundwork for a successful prosthesis are the socket design, materials used, individual components of the device, and the duration of the process of creating it. The patient’s engagement during this consultation plays an important role in how the prosthetic device will look and function.

Once the design and functionality has been agreed upon, the prosthetist will begin to construct the socket. The socket is the part of the prosthesis that allows it to connect to the residual limb. The prosthetist does this by using a mold of the residual limb, which can either be handmade or digitally scanned.

After a cast is made, the socket will be tested to ensure a good fit. In some cases, it may take more than one test socket to find the ideal fit for the patient. However, it is not just the fit that matters to many patients. Some who prefer a more natural appearance to their prosthesis have artificial skin or cover applied to the device. The artificial skin comes in varying skin tones to accommodate for different needs.

Premier Surgical Prosthetic Center

An amputation can be a scary prospect for patients, but Premier Prosthetic Center in Knoxville knows what a life-changing event this is and will be there with you ever step of the way.

If you’re approaching amputation surgery, or are in need of a new or better fitting prosthesis, schedule a free consultation online or call the team at Premier Prosthetic Center today at 865-474-7096.

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