LOWER LIMB AMPUTATIONS

Lower limb amputations vary depending on the individual situation. They can range from partial removal of a toe all the way up to removing part of the pelvis. Below is a list describing typical forms of lower limb amputations:

  • Partial Foot Amputation – The removal of one or more toes. This amputation will affect walking and balance.
  • Ankle Disarticulation (Symes Amputation) – an amputation of the foot at the ankle. The foot is removed but the heel pad is saved so a person still able to move around without the need for a prosthesis for certain activities. A prosthesis is recommended for daily ambulation.
  • Below Knee Amputation (Transtibial Amputation) – an amputation of the leg below the knee that preserves the use of the knee joint. The abbreviation for Below Knee is BK.
  • Knee Disarticulation Amputation – the removal of the lower leg at the knee joint. The remaining stump is still able to bear weight as the whole femur is retained.
  • Above Knee Amputation (Transfemoral Amputation) – an amputation of the leg above the knee joint. The abbreviation for Above Knee is AK.
  • Hip Disarticulation Amputation – the removal of the entire limb up to and including the femur. This variation leaves the upper femur and hip joint for better shape and profile when sitting.
  • Hemipelvectomy Amputation (Trans-pelvic Amputation) – the removal of the entire limb and the partial removal of the pelvis.

UPPER LIMB AMPUTATIONS

Upper limb amputations vary depending on the individual situation. They can range from partial removal of a finger all the way up to the shoulder. Below is a list describing typical forms of Upper Limb amputations:

  • Partial Hand Amputation – amputations can include fingertips and parts of the fingers. The thumb is the most common single digit loss. The loss of a thumb hinders the ability to grasp, control or pick up objects. When other fingers are amputated, the hand can still grasp but with less precision.
  • Metacarpal Amputation – The removal of the entire hand with the wrist still intact.
  • Wrist Disarticulation – The removal of the hand and the wrist joint.
  • Below Elbow Amputation (Trans-radial) – the partial removal of the forearm below the elbow joint.
  • Elbow Disarticulation – the amputation of the forearm at the elbow.
  • Above Elbow Amputation (Trans-humeral) – The removal of the arm above the elbow.
  • Shoulder Disarticulation / Forequarter Amputation – The removal of the entire arm including the shoulder blade and collar bone.

FREE EVALUATIONS!

We offer free evaluations to all patients who are preparing for an amputation, have recently been through an amputation or who are in process and unhappy with the care they are receiving. We understand every single person’s circumstances are different and we are happy to discuss your individual needs and answer any questions you may have. During evaluations and consultations, we provide educational materials as well as references so that you can explore the world of prosthetics to better understand the process and what you should expect when being fit for your custom prosthesis.