Prosthetics Clinic Serving Puget Sound • King County • Pierce County

Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-ServicesA prosthetic device, prosthetic limb or prosthesis is an artificial limb that replaces a body part that is missing due to injury or disease. A prosthesis increases functionality for the patient after amputation. Prosthetics are not the same as orthotics, although they can perform the same function as an orthotic device when needed.

Prosthetics belong to a field of medicine called biomechatronics with combines the use of mechanical devices with the human body to enhance patient functionality lost by injury or disease.

A prosthetist is an integral member of a patient's rehabilitation team. Your prosthetist can explain the complexities of receiving and and adjusting to a new prosthetic device.

There are five types of prostheses: post-operative, initial, preparatory, definite and special purpose.

1. Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-ServicesPost-operative prostheses are provided within 24 hours of amputation. The post-operative prostheses are sometimes refered to as immediate post-surgical fitting (IPSF) and immediate postoperative prosthesis (IPOP).

2. Initial prostheses are provided as soon as sutures are removed and at times used in lieu of a post-operative prosthesis. The initial prosthesis is refered to as an early post-surgical fitting (EPSF). Initial prostheses are utilized during the acute phase of healing until the suture line is stable and the skin can tolerate a more intimate fit.

3. Preparatory prostheses are used during the first few months of a patient's rehabilitation. A preparatory prosthesis is provided within a few days of suture removal and will help ease the adjustment to a definitive prostheses. The preparatory prostheses are used for about 3 to 6 months while the residual limb stabilizes before the definitive prosthesis can be prescribed.

4. Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-Services-29Definitive prostheses are a more permanent device with a lifespan up to 3 to 5 years. All definitive prostheses will need to be replaced due to changes in the residual limb and/or wear and tear of the device. Definitive prostheses are modeled based upon the patient's experience wearing the preparatory prosthesis.

5. Special purpose prostheses are designed for specific activities such as swimming, skiing, running, showering etc. Special purpose prostheses are valuable because they allow the patient to expand his activities and functioning after suffering an amputation.

When fitted with a prosthesis at Preferred O & P, we will consider many factors that will affect how well a prosthesis works. Factors we consider are weight bearing and suspension of the device, prosthetic structure of the device, activity level of the patient, expense and any unique needs of the patient.

Prosthesis include:

  • Preferred-Orthotics-and-Prosthetic-Services-30Lower and Upper extremity Prosthetics
  • Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis (IPOP)
  • Free Informational Consults before and after surgery
  • Shrinkers for Postoperative swelling control
  • Partial Foot Prosthesis
  • Symes Prosthesis
  • Below Knee Prosthesis
  • Above Knee Prosthesis
  • Hip Disarticulation and Hemipelvectomy Prosthesis
  • Finger Prosthesis
  • Partial Hand Prosthesis
  • Below Elbow prosthesis
  • Above Elbow Prosthesis
  • Shoulder Disarticulation Prosthesis
  • Adult and Pediatric Prosthetics
  • Latest Technology such as Computerized Knees, elevated vacuum-assisted suspension systems, MAS sockets, and myoelectric upper extremity prosthesis
  • Breast Prosthesis(es) and Mastectomy Bra’s