The ankle and foot are key to providing stability and balance to your body. While amputations can be life-altering, and often thought of as an end, at HOPE we see below the knee amputations in Kansas City as a new beginning to enhance your life. Maximizing your (in)ability to walk with comfort and ease.
Below the knee prosthesis, also known as a transtibial prosthesis, is for an amputation through the tibia, or shin bone. The prosthesis consists of a socket, alignable pylon, foot/ankle, and a form of suspension (how the prosthesis stays on your limb).
As with everything in the prosthetic field, the design of your prosthesis really depends on you. Depending on the activity level of the patient, there are categories that qualify a patient to receive specific prosthetic components (i.e. suspension methods, socket designs, prosthetic feet etc.). Your best move? Meet with us so we can create your custom solution.
Level of the amputation
Condition of your amputated limb
Functional ability prior to and post-amputation
Your desired hobbies and goals
The prosthetic process will begin with you visiting with our practitioners to ask questions, discuss your goals and functional needs for your prosthesis. We will help you determine which above the elbow prosthesis in Kansas City is best suited for your needs.
Once the optimal design is determined, an impression of your limb is obtained in order to create a customized socket for your prosthesis. A custom socket better ensures optimal comfort, control, and function during movement.
The clinician and technicians will utilize the impression and measurements of your limb to design and fabricate a custom socket. The socket will be set onto the components and a fitting or series of fittings will follow the optimal fit, function, and alignment are obtained. Once you and the clinician are satisfied with the fitting, the prosthesis is ready to be finished.
On delivery day, we will ensure your prosthesis is fitting and functioning properly before sending you home with your new device. We will follow up with you to adjust your alignment or calibrations as you progress, and to maintain the components of your above the elbow prosthetic arm.