Amputation through the thigh results in distinct functional losses, such as the inability to stand and move extensively from place to place.
An above-the-knee (AK) prosthesis involves a custom-made socket combined with a supportive frame, knee unit, pylon, and foot to reverse those functional losses.
Cutting through the hip joint to remove the leg is known as a hip disarticulation amputation. If part of the pelvis is also removed, it is called a hemipelvectomy. The prostheses needed for these types of amputations will include a replacement hip joint, knee joint, and foot.
There are several prosthetic hip joints, knee joints, and feet available to suit every need, such as hips and knees that swing or a hand-operated lock that provides a stable gait.
At Allen Orthopedic Labs, we understand just how hard it is for hip and pelvic amputees to walk with a prosthesis. These amputations mean the loss of three weight-bearing joints—hip, knee, and ankle. However, decades of practice have taught us how to create a prosthesis that maintains muscle strength and tone, cardiovascular health, and a higher level of overall health.
Hip and Pelvic Prostheses offered by Allen Orthopedic Labs
A transfemoral prosthesis is for patients who have an amputation between the knee and the hip. A transfemoral prosthesis is sometimes referred to as an above-the-knee (AK) prosthesis.
There are many types of AK prostheses, and you will be fitted based on the shape and length of your residual limb, activity level, prognosis, and preference.
Because an AK amputee is unable to bear weight on the bottom of his or her residual limb, one must support his or her weight on the ischial tuberosity (seat bone), the soft tissue of the limb, and the gluteal tissues.
Transfemoral Prostheses offered by Allen Orthopedic