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Custom Above Knee Prosthetics Solutions in Las Cruces & Albuquerque, NM

Just because you lost a leg doesn’t mean your independence is gone. At Prime Care Prosthetics & Orthotics, we offer above-knee prosthetics and above-knee limb prostheses in New Mexico, for a comfortable, functional lifestyle.

Personalized Above Knee Prosthetics and Sockets

An above-knee amputation prosthesis is designed to give more mobility and functionality to those who have lost a lower limb. This prosthetic solution serves as a substitute for either partially or entirely lost function in the lower extremity. Our specialized solutions are designed to suit many above-knee prosthetic socket types and we work with patients individually to restore their strength, mobility, and overall sense of confidence.

Whether you are ready to look for a custom prosthetic solution in the Las Cruces, NM area or you are simply exploring your options, our team at Prime Care is happy to work with you, answer your questions, and provide you with direction.

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Above-Knee Prosthesis Components

An above-the-knee prosthetic is typically composed of a suspension sleeve, socket, prosthetic knee, pylon, and prosthetic foot. The most important part of the system is the prosthetic socket. While there are different contributing factors to consider when choosing the best type of prosthetic componentry for you, our team is happy to work with you to find the best solution. Let’s delve into the different components of an above-knee prosthetic below.

Above-the-Knee Prosthetics

The suspension sleeve allows the amputee to keep on their prosthesis through suction technology. This type of prosthetic is designed with a vacuum system suspension method to keep patients comfortable and mobile.

Elbow Disarticulation

Above Knee SocketThe prosthetic socket joins your residual limb (stump) to the prosthesis itself. The socket is custom-made just for you and it’s designed to address the specific condition and shape of your residual limb. The more comfortable your above-knee socket is, the more comfortable and confident you’ll feel as you incorporate more movement into your routine.

Above The Elbow

Prosthetic Knee

Prosthetic knees come in both mechanical and computerized options. The knee comes as a single axis, locking knees, stance control knees, polycentric needs, or pneumatic/hydraulic knees. There may be a prosthetic knee joint replacement surgery that replaces the cartilage and bone that are damaged.

Shoulder Disarticulation & Forequarter

The pylon is the technical name for the skeleton of the prosthetic limb. Its role is to provide structural support for the amputee. Traditionally, the pylon is made from metal rods, but modern pylon models have lighter carbon-fiber components that are more comfortable to wear.

If you’re looking for a reliable and knowledgeable company for your above-knee prosthetic, get in touch with PrimeCare Orthotics and Prosthetics today.
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How We Work

PrimeCare works with the latest prosthetic technologies for improvements in function and appearance. We strive to transform patients’ lives by providing them with world-class prosthetic solutions that combine superior manufacturing with the expertise and skill of top prosthetists.
Our Process
PrimeCare's streamlined prosthetics process works as follows:
  • Stage 1: First Consultation

    At your first appointment, you’ll meet your prosthetist, who will ask questions to learn more about your medical history and discuss your goals. During this consultation, they will also take measurements for device fabrication and send this information to your insurance provider for approval, which typically takes a week.

  • Stage 2: Insurance Approval & Prosthetic Fabrication

    Once insurance approves, we send your specs to our world-renowned prosthetics provider, Össur. Each part is deliberately chosen for maximum comfort to accommodate your unique condition. After the components arrive, it takes between 2-3 days to make the prosthetic.

  • Stage 3: Fitting & Socket Fabrication

    Your prosthetist will schedule a fitting appointment, where they will also assemble your direct socket system. Unlike most socket fabrication which takes between 2-6 weeks, we use Össur’s direct socket system, which requires 2 hours to build, meaning you receive your socket and prosthetics on the same day.

  • Stage 4: OPS Pro App Monitoring

    PrimeCare’s first-time amputees are fitted with temporary prosthetics for an initial 3-12 months. After careful monitoring and evaluation, we select definitive solutions that best suit your condition and lifestyle. 
    Dedicated monitoring via our app and regular checkups assessing the suitability of your prosthetic prescription as you progress is vital to ensure comfort and mobility.

  • Stage 5: Receiving your definitive prosthesis

    After the successful use of the preparatory prosthetic device, we analyze the information learned from the tracking app about how the patient moves. The development of a final prosthesis is an individual process. All the small details are taken into account when designing and developing the definitive version.

How Soon After Amputation Can You Get an Above-Knee Prosthetic?

If you’ve recently undergone an amputation, you’re likely looking for an artificial leg above the knee. Keep in mind that each patient is different in the healing process, however, many patients are ready to take the next step in the prosthetic fitting process several weeks following surgery.

Upper Limb Prosthetics for First-Time Amputees

During this process, you will work with a prosthetist on our team who is experienced in the design, fabrication, and fitting of your prosthetic device. Make sure to take through the different parts of the above-the-knee prosthetic options as well as your expectations and concerns. There is no one-size-fits-all prosthetic device, rather, each person has unique needs and will reach milestones at different points.

Following the amputation itself, there may be substantial swelling in your residual limb. If needed, your doctor will prescribe a shrinker to help shape your limb to help your prosthesis fit better. During the initial meeting, your prosthetist will get to know you and better understand your strength and mobility. From there, you will discuss your goals so our team can design the right prosthesis for you. When the residual limb is sufficiently healed, it’s time for the prosthesis. You’ll learn how to put it on and care for it on a daily basis. As you experience changes, you’ll have follow-up appointments to evaluate your progress.

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No matter what stage of the process you’re in, we’re here to help answer your questions.

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Why Choose PrimeCare for Above-Knee Prosthetics?

Personalized Support

Personalized Support

Each patient is unique! Our team will get to know you and your unique situation to give you personalized support and recommendations.
Latest Technologies

Latest Technologies

Product development is a huge part of our business. With access to the latest prosthetic devices, our team can help you live a full, comfortable life.
Experienced Team

Experienced Team

With decades of combined experience across our team, we have helped countless patients adjust to life after amputation. This allows us to serve you in the most compassionate, informed manner possible.

Patient Success Stories

William E. Apodaca Fisk
lower Limb Prosthetics
Patient had to undergo a below the knee amputation of right leg to save his life. The use of his current prosthesis, which was fabricated using Ossur Prosthetics direct socket system, makes the patient feel, “like this prosthesis is part of my body and I have more control of my prosthesis.” Patient was able to get back to living a very active lifestyle thanks to the proper goal setting, latest technology and fitting techniques available from Primecare.
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Ralph Merrill
lower limb prosthetics
Patient suffered a tragic motorcycle accident when a vehicle ran a red light and hit him, resulting in an above-the-knee amputation. Patient was fitted with a prosthesis using the latest technology available with a microprocessor. Patient states, “my mobility really increased" [with the new prosetheses and vacuum with suction suspension]
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Janet Rodriguez
walkable prosthetic
I was diagnosed with osteosarcoma on my right femur and knee cap at the age of 17. The tumor was not shrinking after 4 months of chemo and I made the decision to get it amputated.
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PrimeCare is located in Las Cruces and Albuquerque but helps patients from Ciudad Juarez, El Paso, and surrounding areas.

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