Amputation is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of an extremity or limb. Amputations usually result from injury, disease, or infection. The goal is to remove the affected portion and leave the remaining residual limb that is more useful and less painful. Amputation of the lower extremity, above knee and below knee are the most common type of amputations performed. ASAProsthetics understands that undergoing an amputation is a life changing experience. We provide A Specialized Approach accompanying the patient through this experience to minimize any impact on quality of life, and in some cases improve the quality of life of the patient.
ASAProsthetics has extensive experience working with all levels of lower extremity limb loss. We have provided complex care to individuals living with challenges ranging from a hip disarticulation, to bi-lateral amputees, to those who were told their limb was too challenging. A Specialized Approach is about patient-specific, patient-centered care that helps individuals achieve goals, restore their lifestyle, and reach their full potential with their new prosthetic.
Prosthetic solutions are available for the following lower extremity amputations:
- Partial Foot
- Below Knee
- Above Knee
- Hip Disarticulation
A partial foot amputation includes the following; amputation of any toe(s), amputation of the midfoot (transmetatarsal), Lisfranc amputation, as well as a Chopart amputation. The most common reason for a partial foot amputation is poor circulation, secondary to diabetes. Severe trauma/injury, as well as infections may also result in partial foot amputations. While partial foot amputations may limit prosthetic or orthotic design options, there are a variety of treatment plans that will allow an individual with a partial foot amputation to experience success and return to normal activities.
Below Knee (Transtibial)
A below knee (BK) amputation is the loss of the lower limb between the ankle and the knee, also known as a transtibial amputation. Factors leading to below knee amputations are; poor circulation and infections secondary to diabetes, serious trauma/injury, tumors, as well as birth deficiencies. Experiencing any level of limb loss is challenging, but this level of amputation has exceptional prosthetic results for a wide range of patients with different injuries and complications.
Above Knee (Transfemoral)
An above knee (AK) amputation is the loss of the lower limb between the knee and the hip, also known as a transfemoral amputation. Above knee amputations may result from; poor circulation, severe infections, trauma/injury, tumors, as well as congenital disorders. Above knee amputations do present challenges, specifically having to replace a knee joint, but above knee prosthetic users are experiencing vast success and have the ability to return to near normal functions.
A hip disarticulation is the loss of the entire limb at the hip level. Hip disarticulations most often result from tumors/cancer, traumatic accidents, or infections. An individual who has experienced limb loss at the hip faces the most challenging and complex road to successful prosthetic use. With hard work and determination by the patient and his/her prosthetist, successful use of a lower extremity hip disarticulation prosthesis can be possible.