A prosthesis is designed to replace a missing part of the human body. The prosthesis consists of different components. For instance, an above the knee amputation would require 5 major items and the complete prosthesis would consist of :
- Socket: the interface which fits over your residual limb (actually made by the prosthetist)
- Suspension: a mechanism that keeps the prosthesis attached to your leg
- Pylon: attaches the socket to the foot
- Foot: the type of feet vary depending on activity level of the individual
- Knee: the type of knee would depend upon the person’s activities of daily living. (A C-Leg knee alone is not a prosthesis, but only a part of a prosthesis. The best way to ensure that you get the care you require is to be fully informed about your situation and the technology available).
It’s never too soon. Call or email us before or after surgery to tour our facility, meet our staff, and discuss some of the different options. Arimed’s staff has built strong relationships with area hospitals and physicians. Arimed’s staff will come meet you in the hospital to work hand in hand with your physician and therapist to maximize your outcome.
Arimed specializes in lower limb prosthetics and upper limb prosthetics.
- Partial foot – An amputation that removes anything from a toe to removing everything except the heel.
- Transtibial amputation (“Below the Knee”) – An amputation that is below the knee joint and transects the tibia and fibula. It preserves the anatomical knee joint. Transtibial amputees usually regain normal movement quicker than someone with a transfemoral amputation. This is because the knee joint is still intact and requires less energy.
- Transfemoral Amputation (“Above the Knee”) – An amputation that removes the leg above the knee joint but below the hip joint. This amputation is through the femur bone.
- Hip Disarticulation – An amputation at or in close proximity to the hip joint; usually the femoral head is removed from the hip joint.
Here are some of our lower limb specialties:
- C-Leg and all other Microprocessor knee units
- Harmony and all other Elevated Vacuum suspension systems
- Flex feet
- Energy storing feet
- SACH feet
- Power Ankle Microprocessor
- Polycentric knees
- Hydraulic knees
- Stance control and manual locking knees
- Pin and lock/lanyard suspension systems
- Suction suspension systems
- Hip Disarticulations
Upper Extremity Prosthetics, similiarly referred to as artificial limbs, aim to replace the function or appearance of a missing upper limb as much as possible. Upper extremity prosthetics are separated into different categories related to the area of the limb that is transected.
- Partial Hand – An amputation that removes anything from a finger to removing everything except the palm.
- Transradial amputation “Below the elbow”– An amputation that is below the elbow joint and transects the radius and ulna. It preserves the anatomical elbow joint. Transradial amputees usually regain normal movement quicker than someone with a transhumeral amputation. This is because the elbow joint is still intact and requires less energy.
Here are some of our upper limb specialties:
- Myoelectric hands and elbow; ex. Limb by Touch bionics
- Self suspending prosthesis
- Harness systems for heavy duty prosthesis
- Cosmetic and passive prosthesis
- Any type of terminal device available; ex. hook, hand, and hybrid attachments
Your physician makes the decision. Evaluation and consultation are always done free of charge, and do not
require a prescription. We do require a prescription from a medical doctor to begin fabricating a prosthesis.
The process of getting a prosthetic leg is as follows :
- Consultation and Evaluation with a member of our professional staff.
- Casting and measuring of your limb.
- Fitting and delivery of the prosthesis.
- Training with a physical therapist.
- Follow up. (Please contact us directly by phone or on the website if you have any further questions.)
Each individual insurance plan is different. Arimed’s staff will verify your benefit at the time of evaluation. Please contact us directly by phone or on the website if you have any further questions.
The cost of a prosthesis varies depending on your insurance and the type of prosthesis you require. Insurances cover the majority of the prosthesis and sometimes the entire amount. Our office is more than happy to assist you with this process. Our team is here to make the transition into your prosthetic life as easy as possible with the information you need. (Please contact us directly by phone or on the website if you have any further questions.)
There are 2 types of prostheses that patients receive:
1) Preparatory prosthesis– This is the “training” leg. This is the prosthetic leg that teaches you how to ambulate after your amputation and helps us evaluate which definite components (i.e. foot, knee, etc.) will be best for your permanent prosthesis. This prosthesis does not look like a leg and does not have a cover.
2) Permanent prosthesis– This is the “definitive” leg. Depending on your needs, this leg can be covered or uncovered.
We also specialize in custom designs to be applied to your prosthetic limbs. We can tailor your leg to your liking if you provide us with an image of a desired design. Please click the patient testimonials page for more photos of custom lamination and other legs we have fabricated at Arimed.
You are eligible for a new prosthesis every 3-5 years depending on certain factors. Medical factors including change in ability, weight, or growth will influence the necessity of a new prosthesis.
In Brooklyn, our manager is Lynell Jordan. In Manhattan, our manager is Anna Koulias, and in Staten Island, our manager is Marilyn Soto.
Another important factor that we take into consideration is healing time. We cannot start the process of making a prosthesis until your residual limb has had the staples removed and you are completely healed. Starting the process too early may cause problems that will in turn delay the time until you receive your prosthesis.
The time required to learn how to use a prosthesis depends on many factors including your prior level of activity, the level of your amputation, and your goals and motivation. Our staff will work with you every step of the way to help ensure that you reach your goals as quickly as possible and that you resume your life without limitations.
You must receive physical therapy to learn how to use your new prosthesis. The therapy process is essential to regaining independence in your daily activities. It is a hard journey and requires your full dedication, but the reward is worth the effort. We are here to help you achieve your goals every step of the way.
It is recommended that you call ahead of time for an appointment so our practitioners can better service you.