Alliance P&O offers all available types of external prosthetic devices for upper and lower extremities. The following is a list and defintions of common prosthetic devices/terms.
BK- Below the Knee- signifying the amputation occurred at the shin region, also known as a TT (Trans-Tibial).
AK- Above the Knee- signifying the amputation occurred at the thigh region, also known as a TF (Trans-Femoral).
KD- Knee Disarticulation- signifying the amputation occurred between the shin and thigh section of leg at the knee joint.
AD- Ankle Disarticulation- signifying the amputation occurred between the shin and foot at the ankle joint, also known as a symes.
HD- Hip Disarticulation- signifying the amputation of the complete leg from the pelvis at the hip joint.
Partial Foot- Commonly refered to the various levels of amputations within the foot.
IPOP- Immediate Post Operative Prosthesis- A prosthesis fit to patient directly following an amputation with many benefits.
Rigid Dressing- A cast fit to patient post operatively to protect limb and reduce swelling of amputation.
Shrinker- A tight nylon that gives compression which pushes swelling away from amputation area to expedite healing.
K-Levels- The potential level of use an amputee will achieve with a prosthesis, also known as an activity level, the possible levels are 0-4.
Endoskeletal- A term similar to the human body, a prosthesis that is supportive internally.
Exoskeletal- Similar to that of a crustacean, the supportive skeleton is on the outside of a prosthesis.
Temporary- The first prosthesis for a new amputee, it is made knowing that it will be replaced in approximately 6 months.
Definitive- A prosthesis that will last approximately 5 years if there are no major anatomical changes that occur.
Check Socket- A transparent socket used to diagnose the fit of the prosthesis befor final lamination.
Myoelectric- The use of a power source to control the prosthesis.