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Custom Upper Extremity Prosthetics

If you lose an arm or a hand, it doesn’t mean you no longer have independence. Upper limb prosthetics make it possible for amputees to live fulfilled lives. PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics is proud to be a prosthesis provider in the Las Cruces area.

Personalized Prosthetic Arms, Hands, and Fingers

Upper limb prosthetic devices have come a long way over the years.

Those with an upper extremity prosthesis have an artificially made device that acts as a substitute for a partial or entire hand or arm lost due to injury, accident, illness, or congenital defect. These devices come in a range of shapes, designs, and sizes to fit different needs. For example, a prosthetic hand or arm is usually made from shafts, sockets, and components that mimic how a limb attaches to a joint.

Any upper extremity prosthesis may be cosmetic, functional, or both. A cosmetic prosthesis helps the limb look natural but it provides minimal functionality. Functional prosthesis helps execute tasks that would otherwise be incredibly challenging due to limb loss, however, it doesn’t offer a cosmetic disguise.

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Types of Upper Extremity Prosthetics Solutions We Provide

PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics can help you live a normal life again whether you’ve undergone a partial or full upper limb amputation.

Above-the-Knee Prosthetics

One example of an upper limb prosthetic is transradial or below the elbow. These patients have had a partial arm amputation that occurs along the radial bone and leaves the elbow and some parts of the lower arm intact.

Elbow Disarticulation

During an elbow disarticulation procedure, the lower part of the arm is surgically separated from the upper arm at the elbow joint. This means that the lower arm and hand are removed from the body and replaced with an upper extremity prosthetic device.

Above The Elbow

Above The Elbow

A transhumeral prosthetic is for patients who have had an amputation of the humerus or the upper arm bone. Transhumeral prosthetics are made from multiple different components including an elbow in addition to missing arm segments located below the shoulder.

Shoulder Disarticulation & Forequarter

When an amputation occurs through a joint, it is referred to as disarticulation. Patients who undergo a shoulder disarticulation experience the removal of the entire arm from the shoulder joint taking place between the humerus and scapula. This type of amputation applies to fewer than 3 percent of upper limb amputation patients.

Hand, Partial Hand & Fingers Prosthetics

Hand, partial hand, and finger prosthetics can apply to a range of use cases. Some patients only need a portion of one digit removed while others need a full or partial hand replacement as well. These types of prosthetics are often constructed with PHA or polyhydroxyalkanoates.

Wrist Disarticulation

Wrist articulation is another example of an upper-body amputation. It takes place between bone surfaces rather than cutting through the bone directly.

Cosmetic Covers

Upper extremity prosthetics come with custom-made silicone covers that mimic the look and function of a human arm. Each part is unique in shape and color and boasts an impressive visual design.

If you’re ready to take the next steps toward reliable, comfortable, and functional prosthetic arms or hands, our team at PrimeCare Orthotics & Prosthetics is here to help
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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.

Upper Limb Prosthetics for First-Time Amputees

If you’re a first-time amputee, you likely have questions and apprehensions about the process. Rest assured that our team is highly experienced in providing upper extremity myoelectric prostheses to our patients.

Upper Limb Prosthetics for First-Time Amputees

You’ll start the process with an initial consultation and we’ll work to compile the right products for your rehabilitation. We then work to get the device approved through your insurance while we send your specs to our prosthetics provider.

Next, we will conduct a fitting and socket fabrication. All first-time amputees will be fitted with a temporary prosthesis for 3-12 months. From there, we carefully select the right solutions for your needs. Once we know that the preparatory prosthetic device functioned as it should, we will develop a final prosthesis for you.

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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 Arm Prosthetics

Personalized Support

Personalized Support

We know that each patient and each limb is unique. This is why we don’t implement a one-size-fits-all approach when working with our patients.
Latest Technologies

Latest Technologies

In addition, we have access to the world’s most cutting-edge technology that allows us to produce some of the best prosthetic hands, arms, and fingers on the market.
Experienced Team

Experienced Team

Our staff has decades of experience navigating these complex challenges and is proud to offer our patients the care that they deserve.

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 Prosthetics & Orthotics is proud to serve the Las Cruces, NM region and surrounding areas including Mesilla, Tortugas, San Pablo, San Ysidro, and more!

FAQ

  • Can I play sports with upper limb prostheses?

    Yes, an upper limb prosthesis allows individuals to continue to play sports such as cycling, golfing, rowing, and many more. In many cases, there is a flexible or multi-axis joint that helps attach any sports equipment to the prosthetic part.

  • Do you provide emergency repair support for arm prosthetics?

    Yes, we are happy to provide our patients with emergency repairs if they need assistance with their prosthetics. We know how important it is to continue to lead a happy and fulfilled life and we’ll always be here to help when you need it!