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What is AK prosthesis?
An above knee (AK) or transfemoral (TF) prosthesis is custom made for a person who has had a AK or TF amputation. The prosthesis consists of a custom made socket, liner, knee, pylon, and foot. Sometimes the prosthesis may consist of a sleeve or other harness, depending on the suspension system used for that patient.
What are the different types of prosthetic legs?
Prosthetic legs come in two types based on the amputation site, transfemoral prosthesis, and transtibial prosthesis. A transfemoral prosthesis is more commonly known as an above-the-knee (femur) prosthetic leg. Leaving transtibial prosthesis to refer to the tibia, a below-the-knee prosthetic leg.
What is the difference between prosthetics and prosthesis?
Prosthesis: While prosthetics refers to the science of creating artificial body parts, the artificial parts themselves are called prosthesis. One piece is called a prosthesis, but multiple pieces are called prostheses. This term applies to any artificial limb regardless of whether it is an upper or lower limb.
What are the most common prosthetics?
25 Most Common Prosthetics by Total # of Claims
|Description of Prosthetic
|Breast prosthesis, silicone or equal
|Prosthetic sock, multiple ply, below knee
|Addition to lower extremity, below knee, total contact
What is Endoskeletal prosthesis?
The endoskeletal prosthesis has a tubular structure connecting the components and is covered by cosmetic foam. The primary components of the prosthesis are the socket, suspension system, foot, and knee unit. This terminology is different from that used by surgeons in describing the amputation levels.
What do you need to know about AK prosthesis?
It helps to suspend an AK prosthesis. Partial Suction + Silesian Belt – there is a small valve at the bottom of the socket that allows air to escape. However, a prosthetic sock is used with this type of suspension and this allows a certain amount of air to always be in the socket.
What kind of belt is used for Ak prosthesis?
One type of suspension system uses one of two types of belts either known as a Silesian belt or Total Elastic Suspension (TES) belt. The Silesian belt anchors to the socket on its outer aspect and then wraps around the person’s pelvis, opposite hip and then reattaches back to the anterior socket.
Are there different types of above knee prostheses?
There are many types of above knee (AK) prostheses. The type that an amputee is fit with depends on the shape of the residual limb, the length of the residual limb, activity level, prognosis, and individual preference. An above knee amputee is unable to bear weight on the bottom of his residual limb.
What are the different types of prosthesis suspension?
Suspension – this refers to how a prosthesis is held onto your residual limb. Some of the most common types of suspension are: 3S = Silicone Suction Suspension – this refers to a type of prosthesis that uses a roll-on silicone liner with a locking pin (plunger) or a pull strap on the end to hold the prosthesis onto your limb.