Transtibial Amputation Prosthetics FAQ

What Is Transtibial Amputation?

If you are not familiar with medical lingo, transtibial amputation refers to the amputation of the parts of the leg that are located below the knee. This is typically only done in severe situations of damage to the area or of disease. Some of the reasons why someone would consider undergoing this could be because of diabetes, foot ulcers, or trauma to the area of the limb.

 

Most are performed because of peripheral vascular disease, which is a disease of the lower limb. The leg cannot heal if there is poor circulation, and this may cause it to ulcer and become infected beyond the point of medication. This is a life-threatening situation that can cost you dearly. And so, to save your life, the bones, muscles, nerves, tendons, and everything else are removed from the patient’s body to ensure a longer lifespan.

 

This type of amputation is performed by either a vascular or orthopedic surgeon who will remove the limb and then reshape the remaining limb to allow for the use of a prosthetic leg once they have recovered.

The Process and Physical Therapy

This surgery is often thought to be done as a last-minute decision in which you don’t have time to think before it must be done. The truth is that the scenario only happens in extreme situations in which leaving the infected limb attached for any length of time risks death.

 

Typically, you will have time to consider this very important alteration to your life and prepare for it. Physical therapists can be brought in to help prepare for how things will be different. Before surgery, they will help you by working on conditioning your body to help compensate for the loss of the limb by improving the strength in your hip and knee. They will also work with you on learning how to walk with a walker or crutches and educating you on what to prepare for when the procedure is over with.

 

After the surgery and the recovery time at the hospital, the physical therapist will work with you on rehabilitation and help to prevent any complications that may arise after surgery.

The Prosthetics Process

To help with the loss of an important limb, people can get prosthetics to replace it. This is a tool that can help improve a person’s lifestyle and give you some semblance of normalcy. To get one, the area where the prosthetic will be attached must be mapped out to ensure comfort.

 

Modern companies that specialize in this will use digital imagery to help ensure that the prosthetic is a perfect fit. Once it is made, the unit will be attached and altered to make sure that it is comfortable. The crafters will go over any maintenance that needs to be done and ensure you can understand the limits of this extension of the body. This can seem overwhelming, but companies like FIT PROSTHETICS will offer resources and in-person guides to ensure that you are fully prepared for this big change.

The Cost of Prosthesis

The price of a prosthetic limb can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $70,000, and the life span of each prosthesis is only three to five years. This can make it expensive, but some resources can help. Some organizations will cover either the entire cost of the prosthetic or the majority of the cost with minimal expense. Finally, if you are a soldier, military insurance and veterans programs will help fund the cost of your prosthetic.

Things to Be Aware Of

Most people don’t know of the issues that arise when adding a prosthetic to their life. Though some of them can be troublesome, none of them are truly life-altering so long as you take the time to learn how to best counteract them.

 

One is called hyperhidrosis, which is excess sweating when the body is struggling to regulate its temperature.

 

Another is the changing of the limb shape as the body settles into the new prosthetic. Because the area of the knee that remains is rubbing and pressing down on the prosthetic, it can cause it to change forms, and that may mean you need either padding or possible replacement.

 

The next is weakness in the limb. This can make using the prosthetic troublesome for any length of time.

 

Finally, there is phantom limb pain that can make using prosthetics troublesome.

Pros of Prosthetics

Though there might be issues that come along with having one, a transtibial amputation prosthetic limb will improve your life. It will make walking easier. Plus, it will take away the need for crutches and replace them with a socially acceptable cane. Sitting and standing will become easier as you’ll have the support you need to do so stably. Also, the prosthesis can make you more comfortable, both physically and emotionally. A good prosthesis can help you feel as though you are physically complete. It can greatly improve your quality of life and help keep you from feeling socially ostracized.

For more information about prosthetics, reach out to us at FIT Prosthetics.

FREEDOM PLIE 3 BY PROTEOR

 

Stronger construction makes the new Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee both submersible and more rugged than ever. Yet, it’s still the fastest MPC knee, responding 10 to 20 times more rapidly than other MPC knees. With the most responsive stumble and fall protection, users can instinctively move at their own pace in any direction…even if it’s taking small short steps or pivoting in confined spaces. And with a more streamlined, intuitive set up, the Plié 3 MPC Knee makes it even easier for prosthetists to help patients expand their freedom.

• K3 amputees that need customized stumble recovery for a variety of activities

• High K3 and K4 amputees that need a knee that adjusts to both walking and running

• Ambulate with variable cadence on uneven terrain

• Have adequate hip strength in flexion and extension

• Occasional water exposure

USER REVIEW

This is my everyday knee. It is the only microprocessor knee that I have owned. I love it for its functionality for active people with a strong hip. The external settings on the back make it simple to change the function of the knee, depending on what activity you are doing. I would say it feels similar to walking on C-LEG, without some of the safety features of the C-LEG. Because the knee does not have a lock, it can be tiresome standing on it for a long time. If you’re looking for a high activity knee that is user friendly, this is the knee for you!

 

Visit Our Lab

 

 

In this video we are giving a mini tour of our lab! If you would like to gain a better understanding of the lamination process and what goes into making your final socket, email us at: ALECM@FITPROSTHETICS.COM

Hip Disarticulation Prosthetics

Hip disarticulation refers to the removal of the entire leg up to the hip joint. This amputation can be very challenging for patients. Fortunately, amputees who have had a lower limb removed are not without hope. With a hip disarticulation prosthesis, you can expect to have upright mobility again. Using the prosthesis and subsequent rehabilitation, you will learn how to move the prosthetic hip joint as well as the knee, ankle, and foot.

What Is a Hip Disarticulation Prosthesis?

Simply put, a hip disarticulation prosthesis is an artificial limb used by amputees who had an amputation near the hip joint. Thanks to innovations in design, you can expect to have freedom again due to the increased movement of the prosthesis. Modern advances include foot and knee systems that can be moved with a microprocessor. This enables the prosthesis to move like an actual limb, allowing you to perform activities you did before the amputation. Through our services here at FIT Prosthetics, you can expect to be fitted with a limb prosthesis that lets you maintain your lifestyle.

Get an Evaluation with Us

The first step in getting a hip disarticulation prosthesis is having an evaluation performed by one of our prosthetists. Only a small number of clinical practices are equipped to help fit you with a hip disarticulation prosthesis—and FIT Prosthetics is one of those practices ready to assist with your rehabilitation. Through years of experience, we’re ready and capable of helping with fitting you with your prosthesis.

However, before you contact us, it’s a good idea to prepare any questions you may have about getting fitted for a prosthesis. When you meet with us for your evaluation, we’ll go over a few areas to ensure you receive the right type of custom prosthesis. These include evaluation of your work life, hobbies, medical history, current health, and living environment.

Getting Ready

Getting fitted with a prosthesis can be quite an endeavor. You’ll have to take time to get used to moving with the artificial limb, but through hard work and the right mindset, you’ll be able to move around comfortably.

You may want to prepare for your prosthesis by doing some of your own research. This can include asking our medical team any questions you may have about the prosthesis. You also will want to consider meeting with another amputee who has been fitted with a hip disarticulation prosthesis.

When you do meet with our team, we’ll go over any activities you want to continue performing. Any prosthesis is limited by how well it can perform daily living activities. Our team will work with your daily life to ensure you can still perform these activities. That’s why it’s a good idea to write a list of activities you used to perform, including any sports or hobbies you had.

Start Moving!

After receiving your hip disarticulation prosthesis, you’re ready to resume your daily life. Following research and preparation, it’s time to start practicing and moving around. It may be difficult at first, but with the right rehabilitation process, you’ll be able to resume activities you thought you would have to give up.

Our office is proud to offer continuous support once you’ve received your prosthesis. Whether it’s getting used to resuming daily activities or considering advanced options for your limb system, we can help. Our prosthetists are happy to work with you to make sure you are prepared to perform activities such as a sport or a leisure hobby that requires custom components.

Common Problems with Your Prosthetic Device

Even with rehabilitation, using a prosthetic leg can prove somewhat difficult. A common issue many amputees must deal with is sweating, which can cause skin irritation. You might also suffer from the pain of a phantom limb. The good news is that there are common ways to deal with these problems.

The first is to practice good hygiene to keep the site clean. Also, don’t skip out on physical therapy. Even if you don’t think you need it, physical therapy can help ease the transition to the artificial limb. This includes building regular exercise habits that can help you with your prosthesis.

Finally, keep in contact with your prosthetist. Communication is vital to ensure we can help deal with any potential problems. While you may be inclined to do everything by yourself, remember that our experienced team can help.

Why You Should Choose FIT Prosthetics

When you choose FIT Prosthetics for your hip disarticulation prosthesis, you’re in good hands. We’re ready to get you moving again right from the very first assessment. Our service includes helping you choose the right limb system and getting you on the road to resuming daily activities. We know modern technology can get complicated, which is why we’ll help you make an informed decision. Our team of consultants and clinicians will also support your rehabilitation process. If you require a hip disarticulation prosthesis, contact us today.

COLLEGE PARK ACCENT & FREEDOM RUNWAY

 

The Accent provides 2″ (5 cm) of heel height adjustment through a simple push of a button. The foot comes with a contoured, soft shin fairing that locks into the shell and prevents cosmetic buckling when the foot is adjusted at various heel heights. The Accent provides a service-free option for individuals who desire a cosmetically appealing foot.

 

Amputees greatly value the versatility offered by the Runway adjustable heel height prosthetic foot. Its anatomical gliding ankle maintains appropriate foot alignment to provide knee stability and consistent performance at all heel heights. Users can adjust from a flat heel for sandals or walking barefoot at home, up to a 2 inch heel for dress shoes and even cowboy boots.

 

USER REVIEW

The Runway and the Accent are two great feet for users that change their shoes often. Especially for those that want to wear high heels or cowboy boots. Each foot has a button on the ankle that adjusts the heel height. This way you can go from a flat shoe to a high heel without changing feet or seeing the prosthetist. They each have a split toe design to allow for sandals and all shoe designs. Click the links in the paragraphs above to compare the two and see which might suit your needs!

 

Dynamic Stretching after Amputation

 

.In this video we are discussing some dynamic stretches to do at home after amputation. Targeting our hip, back, and glute sections. Please consult your physician before you engage in any at home exercises. If you have any questions or video topic suggestions, send them to ALECM@FITPROSTHETICS.COM.

Proper Donning Techniques

In this video we are talking about proper Donning (putting on) techniques for your liner and prosthetic. As well as maintenance of liners. If you have any video topic suggestions or questions email them to: ALECM@FITPROSTHETICS.COM

Below the Knee Prosthetics – What You Need to Know

We’ve come a long way medically, especially in the area of prosthetics. Amputees have more mobility and more options than ever before. If you are looking into purchasing a below-the-knee prosthesis, it can seem overwhelming at first. The team at FITProsthetics is here to help.

Here are some answers to common below-the-knee prosthesis questions to help you get accustomed to your new normal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need a Prosthesis?

You do not necessarily need a prosthesis. Some people find it challenging to work with one, and others find having a prosthesis unnecessary. However, it can become a handy tool, especially for active people, and most people opt to move forward with a prosthesis.

What Is the Process of Getting a Prosthesis?

1. Allow your amputation to heal: An amputation requires extensive recovery, and this will take time. To best expedite the process, you should follow your doctor’s orders on caring for your injury. Maintenance consists of keeping the area clean and changing bandages when necessary.

2. Go for several fittings: Fitting a prosthesis requires a lot of detail. The measurements are exact, and your prosthesis will be custom-made. It will take several fittings with your prosthetist to get everything right for you.

3. Get your prosthesis made: When your prosthetist gets the right measurements, many companies will send the information to an outsourced fabrication company that will make the prosthesis. However, FIT Prosthetics provide in-house fabrication of the prosthesis ensuring a high quality, custom fit for every client. The most common materials used to make prostheses are acrylic resin, silicone, and aluminum.

4. Physical therapy: To adjust to using your prosthesis, your doctor will advise you to go to physical therapy. Physical therapy will teach you to walk and get through daily life with your new prosthesis, which can be quite challenging. Some common challenges people experience when trying a new prosthesis include pain, excessive sweating, and improper fit. With time, all necessary corrections will be made, and you will learn to walk with ease.

What Are the Different Components of a Prosthesis Leg?

There are three components of the prosthesis, including the prosthesis itself, the socket, and the suspension. A prosthetic leg is made from lightweight materials and may contain ankle joints. The socket is the molding that fits over your residual limb and attaches the prosthesis to your leg. Once snugly placed, the suspension system is what keeps the leg attached to the body. The suspension system will use a sleeve suction, vacuum suction, or distal locking method.

What Is a K Level?

K level rates your likelihood to use your new prosthetic limb successfully on a scale from 0–4, and your doctor determines the rating. Your insurance company will use it in part to assess what they will and will not cover. The K level can change after physical therapy and time. The different K levels are as follows:

●      K0 Level: The patient cannot utilize a prosthesis, so it will not improve their quality of life.

●      K1 Level: The patient can utilize the prosthesis on even surfaces when walking at a steady pace.

●      K2 Level: The patient can utilize the prosthesis when they encounter low obstacles, such as curbs and stairs.

●      K3 Level: The patient can utilize the prosthesis in almost all environments and conditions.

●      K4 Level: The patient can utilize the prosthesis to the point that it exceeds conventional mobility abilities.

Is My Prosthesis Covered by Insurance?

Coverage for your prosthetic leg depends on numerous variables including your injury, your insurance plan, and your specific goals. Since each situation is unique, it’s essential to talk to your insurance agent in detail about what is and is not covered. Relay this information word-for-word to your doctors so that they can help you focus on what is covered.

How Do I Care for My Prosthesis?

Your prosthesis needs regular maintenance, just like many other parts of your body. You need to clean your prosthetic limb every day without using chemicals. You need to fully dry it before using it again, so it’s best to clean your prosthesis right before bed. Also, make sure always to wear the same heel height when using the prosthesis, as it was designed explicitly with those measurements.

What Do I Do if Something Happens to My Prosthetic Leg?

Like anything else, your prosthetic leg can experience failure. When this happens, you want to be prepared with a bag filled with tools you may need to switch back to walking without the prosthesis.

Next, you need to immediately call your prosthetist and explain the problem to see what steps to take next. Depending on the issue, you may need to send the prosthesis out for repair or even get a replacement. However, some problems only require a quick fix from your doctor.

 FIT Prosthetics

Getting a prosthesis can be scary and life-changing, but it will show you that life does go on after a serious accident. However, it takes hard work, patience, and a little bit of pain. We at InMotion Prosthetics are here to help make the transition as effective as possible with high-quality products and world-class staff.

 

Call or email us at FIT Prosthetics today to learn more! We can answer any questions you have about prosthetics and advise you more on the process of getting one.

FREEDOM AGILIX BY PROTEOR

The Agilix™ is a multi-axial, shock absorbing flexible foot system designed to manage loading impacts, reduce socket shear forces and improve comfort while walking on nearly any terrain. The ultra-lightweight design offers K3 ambulators shockingly comfortable performance at a value like no other.

•Vertical shock absorption and carbon fiber flexibility optimized for low to moderate impact K3 ambulators; reduces socket shear forces and improves overall comfort.

•Multi-axial function increases ground compliance and stability; Streamlined, split-toe design results in improved long-term durability, saving time and money.

•Full length dynamic heel attached at the toe ensures a seamless roll-over, for superior comfort and a more symmetrical gait.

•Lower profile and lighter weight than the competitive alternative, allowing users to do more and feel less tired at the end of the day.

 

USER REVIEW

The Agilix is a great foot for new users. It is very light but also super strong and durable. The heel and toe being one solid piece of carbon makes for a very smooth and clean rollover. Allowing you to continue your momentum forward, and have a more natural gait. The vertical shock absorption makes for a very soft landing in your socket. Which is something we all can appreciate. This is a great foot for K2-3 users looking for a safe, comfortable step.