After the test socket is fabricated, you will go through multiple steps of the fitting process. The test socket will be a clear plastic mold to go over your residual limb so the prosthetist is able to see through it to make any necessary adjustments that are visible or are felt by the patient. The test socket will have your components attached so if you are a lower limb amputee you are able to stand up and begin walking. An upper extremity amputee will use a similar fitting and trial use process. You will continue to come in for fittings as your limb will continue to change as it heals and will begin to stabilize in shape and volume.
We want to be sure everything is properly healed and is the best fit possible before creating your preparatory prosthesis. During this fitting process we will also determine which components are best suited for your needs to help you reach your goals. We allow you to test out different components including feet, knees, liners and suspension systems to be sure they are the best selection for you. Once your preparatory prosthesis is created you will wear this for a time period to get used to wearing your prosthesis for all your ambulatory demands.