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Definitive Prosthesis Design and Fabrication

Selecting the most appropriate componentry for a new amputee's specific needs and abilities is an essential part of the prosthetic process. Various factors must be weighted in making the prosthetic prescription:

  • The condition and weight-bearing ability of the residual limb;
  • The patient's overall health, activity level, vocational needs and expectations;
  • The general prosthesis structure-exoskeletal or endoskeletal;
  • The type of suspension most appropriate for the amputee;
  • Components to be used, including socket, foot, pylon and knee (if used);
  • Cosmetic finishing, and
  • Cost and funding.

Designing and building a definitive prosthesis is an art, requiring knowledge, skill and experience.