Fitting of an artificial limb
After the amputation, you should be fitted with the best artificial limb for your needs. Which artificial limb can be best suited for you depends on various factors.
Factors that influence the selection of a suitable artificial limb for you include your physical fitness and health, the amputation level, your requirements from the artificiallimb and your private and work environment. Your Prosthetist will advise you on all these aspects and work with you to select the artificial limb type and the corresponding components.
As with medical technology in general, the further development of artificial limbs is based on nature as a model. Modern high-tech artificial limbs are gradually coming closer to this model. Human sensitivity presents a special challenge here, since it is very difficult to simulate. Yet your artificiallimb fulfils numerous indispensable functions: It restores a large part of your mobility and helps you master everyday life without the help of others. By wearing your artificial limb, you avoid posture problems and balance impairments that could result because the weight of the amputated leg is lacking. Wearing your artificial limb also avoids overloading your sound leg, which could result in problems over the long term.
The process of fitting you with your final artificial limb begins once your residual limb has healed and you are once again in good physical condition. However, your Prosthetist will consult with you even before that, starting off by asking you a few questions in order to learn about your needs and wishes. He or she will also examine your residual limb shortly after the amputation and find out whether an interim prosthesis is possible for you. A doctor will also attend your fitting if you desire or your Prosthetist considers it necessary.
After this initial examination, your Prosthetist will propose various fitting options and discuss them with you. Three topics are of key importance here:
The selection of components
The prosthetic socket
All three topics have to be sufficiently discussed so that the results meet your requirements and those of the rehabilitation team. Only then is the process started to fit you with a socket, and your Prosthetist selects the prosthetic components based on the Mobis® system. The artificial limb can be completed after that, i.e. the final artificial limb is fabricated and equipped with a cosmetic cover.
When the proper fit of the socket has been achieved after several trial fittings and the prosthetic components have been selected, the socket and components are assembled. This prosthetic alignment process can vary from patient to patient, since the body posture and height play a role for example.
Your Prosthetist bases the alignment of the artificial limb on the examination results and existing guidelines.
Additional trial fittings follow once the artificial limb is ready. With the help of a device known as the L.A.S.A.R. Posture, the Prosthetist checks the prosthetic alignment and precisely adapts the artificial limb to your requirements. Then you can take the first steps with your new artificial limb.