Above the Elbow (Transhumeral) Prosthetics in Las Cruces, NM
If you've experienced upper arm limb loss above the elbow and undergone an elbow disarticulation amputation, you have more options than you think! Our Prime Care Prosthetics & Orthotics team proudly serves the Las Cruces, El Paso, and Albuquerque area, offering reliable and customized prosthetic solutions.
What Is Above Elbow (AE) & Elbow Disarticulation Prosthesis?
Above elbow (AE) & elbow disarticulation prostheses are prosthetic devices that replace an amputated arm at or above the elbow. These are typically used when the amputation is due to trauma, cancer, or other medical conditions.
An elbow disarticulation prosthesis is custom-made and usually involves a socket, suspension system, elbow, and terminal device. Some devices may also have a separate wrist piece.
When it comes to getting a transhumeral amputation prosthetic, it's important that we understand your specific functional needs and goals. Our team will work with you to address your needs and help you meet your lifestyle goals.
Types of Transhumeral Prosthetics for AE Amputees Available in Las Cruces
There are different types of above-elbow prostheses and devices to consider. Our prosthesis will go over the different technology options available to you, the pros and cons of each, and what we can do to customize them for you.
Contact Us for Above-Elbow Arm Prosthetics in Las Cruces, NM
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Upper Arm Amputation Prosthetic Parts
An above-elbow prosthetic arm consists of a:
- Stage 1: Beginning of the Process
We typically fit a patient for an above-elbow amputation prosthesis a few days or weeks following the amputation, which includes fitting an AE shrinker. This optional compressive garment helps to shape your limb and reduces edema. It helps to stabilize the limb size earlier on in the process.
- Stage 2: Casting & Diagnostics
The next step in getting your prosthetic arm from above-elbow amputees is casting and diagnostics. We start by making an initial AE prosthetic device made from clear plastic. This allows our team to see how things are fitting and helps us improve the fit of your socket in the long run. Once completed, the cast will be filled and modified to produce your custom device.
- Stage 3: Socket & Prosthesis Fabrications
As soon as we know that the diagnostic prosthetic socket fits the patient, we fabricate the laminated elbow disarticulation socket. This custom-made socket is usually fabricated with carbon fiber, making it significantly lighter (and more comfortable) than the plastic socket, with higher tensile strength. This durable socket can last a while, depending on the overall use case. Patients can choose the design and color of the device to match their skin tone; some like to feature the logo of their favorite sports team.
- Stage 4: Size & Fit Adjustment
If any additional size or fit adjustments are necessary, we are happy to make them over a series of visits. We will also help each patient put on and take off the device and discuss the overall functionality of the residual limb and how your new limb works. We will talk you through any warning signs that an issue is developing.
- Stage 5: Progress Tracking and Follow Up
We want to hear how you are doing with your above-elbow amputation prosthesis! We will set appointments to continue checking in on how you’re adjusting to your prosthetic and can help answer any underlying questions you may have.
Why Choose PrimeCare for Your Custom Elbow Disarticulation Prosthesis in Las Cruces?
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Above the Elbow Prosthetics Services Near Las Cruces, NM