Below knee designs can range from 2 ½ lbs. up to 5 lbs. depending on componentry utilized. Above knee designs weigh between 5 lbs. and 9 lbs., also depending on componentry utilized.
Socket and componetry are expected to last 3-5 years. Either can be replaced before this time due to damage or physical change of the residual limb. (See socket fit)
The socket will fit appropriately until your body undergoes a physical change. Adjustments will be made to maintain fit for small changes. As a new amputee, your residual limb will change rapidly through the maturation process. Sockets may be replaced more frequently as your limb begins to mature. Weight changes of about 10 lbs or more will also affect socket fit. Even if there hasn’t been any significant change the active user can expect the socket to be changed on average 18-24 months.
Your first steps using the prosthesis will be taken in the office during the fitting process. Upon receipt of the prosthesis you will participate in a PT gait training program to learn to walk. It would be beneficial to supplement PT by participation in an OT program where you will learn proper donning techniques and how to use the prosthesis in the house and community.
Majority of the prosthesis components are water resistant. It could get wet in the rain and shallow puddles without damaging the device. Most of the current microprocessor controlled knees and feet/ankle complex are now water resistant, weatherproof, or waterproof.
The safest and most hygienic way to shower, is to use a shower chair. It would allow you to cleanse your residual limb at the same time you are washing your whole body. However, there are prosthesis that are specifically designed for showering for amputees that prefer, and are capable to stand, while taking a shower.
Most prosthetic services require between one to three weeks to be completed. We also offer a run-through process where you can leave the same day with a temporary prosthesis.
A referral is not necessary, however, a doctor’s prescription is required for us to provide a prosthetic device.
There are 3 possibilities:
- On site. Optimal ability for the practitioner to interact with the technician throughout the process.
- Internal C-Fabrication. Some interaction between practitioner and technician. May be modified by the practitioner, may not ask. Who is modifying model.
- External C-Fabrication. Likely providing the information model measurements to the technician. They have limited contact with practitioner, limited knowledge of the patient. Your model may be modified by the technician instead of your practitioner.
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POSI prosthetist and technicians are trained and certified by the following manufacturers for use of their products:
Ossur: Touch Bionics, I-Limb
Otto Bock: Bebionic, Michelangelo
100 Brick Road, Suite 315
Marlton, NJ 08053
440 Horsham Road, Suite 2
Horsham, PA 19044