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Upper Limb Amputations

Upper Limb Amputations

Upper Limb Amputations are divided into the following main categories:

• Fingers or partial hand (transcarpal)
• At the wrist (wrist disarticulation)
• Below the elbow (transradial)
• At the elbow (elbow disarticulation)
• Above the elbow (transhumeral)
• At the shoulder (shoulder disarticulation)
• Above the shoulder (forequarter)

These prostheses can then be classified as active or passive. An active prosthesis can be either body controlled via the means of a body harness or via myoelectrics. The myolectric option is for partial hand to trans humeral.

Passive or cosmetic options replace the missing limb but are non-functional. The can still be used for hold down items if required.

The prosthetic sockets can be suspended via silicone liner with a pin lock (similar to lower limb prosthetics) however these are usually for body powered prostheses.

Vacuum sockets are usually used in conjunction with myoelectric prostheses.
Our goal is to ensure you as the client understand all the options available to you in order to make a thoroughly informed choice for yourself. Some people adapt to their limb loss over time and prefer not to wear one, however, we would encourage you to at least try wearing a prosthesis.

Even if you have opted not to use a prosthesis in the past or if you have tried unsuccessfully to wear one, it is always possible to make an appointment with us and reconsider your options. It is also important to note that in general, the longer a person goes without using an upper extremity prosthesis, the more difficult it can be to learn and master a prosthesis.
If you have you have any question in regards to what prosthesis would work best for you please contact our practice to arrange a no obligation free consult to discuss your options.