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.
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.
How We Work
- 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.
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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