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Above the Elbow Arm (Transhumeral) Prosthetics Services in Las Cruces, NM

If you’ve experienced limb loss above the elbow and you’ve undergone a transhumeral amputation, you have more options than you think! Our team at Prime Care Prosthetics & Orthotics proudly serves the Las Cruces, El Paso, and Albuquerque area, offering reliable and customized prosthetic solutions.

What Is Above Elbow (AE) Amputation Prosthesis?

An above-elbow prosthetic arm is ideal for transhumeral amputees or those who have a limb deficiency above the elbow. This type of above-elbow prosthetic arm is custom-made and usually involves a socket, suspension, elbow, and terminal device. Some devices may also have a separate wrist piece. When it comes to a transhumeral prosthesis, it’s important that we understand your specific functional needs and goals. Our team will work with you to understand your specific needs and work with you to help you meet your goals.

above-elbow prosthetic arm
above-elbow prosthetic arm

Types of Transhumeral Prosthetics Options for AE Amputees

There are different types of above-elbow prostheses and devices to consider. Our prosthesis will go over the different technology options that are available to you, the pros and cons of each, and what we can do to customize them for you.

Body Powered AE Prosthetics

An above-elbow amputee might opt for a body-powered AE prosthetic. This means that the wearer’s movements control the prosthesis. This is accomplished through a system of straps referred to as the harness. These harness straps go around the opposite shoulder just like a backpack. The purpose of the harness is to hold the prosthesis in place and to help navigate the elbow and terminal device. By applying pressure through the harness, the wearer can raise the elbow and open the device. This is the most widely used above-elbow arm prosthetic style.

Myoelectric (MP) Prostheses

Another option for a transhumeral amputation prosthesis is called a myoelectric prosthesis. This is also referred to as an externally powered prosthetic arm. It works when you flex your residual biceps and triceps to move your hand and elbow. When these muscles move, they send electrical signals to the motor that operates using rechargeable batteries. It’s also possible to use a touch pad or switches to control the motor if you are unable to use muscle-generated energy.

Hybrid Prosthetic Arms

Some patients prefer to opt for a below-the-shoulder, above-the-elbow prosthetic arm that uses both external power and body power. It’s common to have a body-powered elbow and electronically-controlled hand for a mixture of internal and external power. This option is both functional and cosmetically appealing. Keep in mind that they are heavier and more expensive than traditional options.

Schedule an Appointment Today

Ready to learn more about our above-the-elbow prosthetic services? Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment!

A grandfather with a prosthesis walks with his grandchildren.

Our Process

We know that a prosthetic arm for above-elbow amputees is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Here’s a closer look at our process for above-the-elbow prosthetic devices.
assembling a prosthetic leg by a technician.
  • Stage 1: Beginning of the Process

    We typically start the process of getting fitted for an AE prosthesis as soon as a few days or weeks following the amputation. We fit patients with an AE shrinker, an optional solution in the case of upper extremity prosthetics. This 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 that is 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 this is 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 move on to fabricating the laminated socket. This is usually fabricated with carbon fiber, making it significantly lighter (and more comfortable) than the plastic socket, with higher tensile strength. This socket is durable and 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 and 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 with putting on and taking off the device as well as discuss the overall functionality of 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 about how you are doing with your prosthetic device! We will set appointments to continue to check in on how you’re adjusting to your prosthetic and can help answer any underlying questions that you may have.

Why Choose PrimeCare for Your Custom Prosthesis?

Our certified prosthetic specialists at PrimeCare are passionate about fitting you with the perfect prosthetic arm above the elbow. We know that every patient is different and we will work closely with you to ensure that your prosthetic device is both comfortable and functional. Our team has extensive experience building and customizing prostheses for all types of upper limb loss and limb differences. Regardless of your unique situation and goals, our team is here to guide you every step of the way.

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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We are proud to offer transhumeral prosthetic services in Las Cruces, El Paso, Albuquerque and the surrounding areas. Reach out to us to learn more about how we can help!