The Process of Getting a Prosthesis

Getting a new prosthesis, especially if you’re a new amputee, can be intimidating. That’s why we are here for you every step of the way!

Evaluation: Become a part of the Kinetic family and let’s discuss how we can get you back to doing everything you love to do! This is the start of the process, where we will discuss activities you do throughout the day and what makes you, you! We’ll use this time to collaborate and develop a truly custom prosthesis that will best suit your needs and lifestyle.

Casting: At Kinetic Prosthetics we hand cast all our patients. Using this type of casting procedure provides us an exact impression of your limb. We take this mold of your limb and modify it by hand to create your unique socket. We do everything by hand because we think you’re worth the extra attention to detail.

Test Fitting: Using the modified mold of your limb, we next create your diagnostic test sockets. Test sockets are used because they are see-through and heat moldable. This allows us to clearly see how your limb fits within the socket, and can make any necessary changes needed, to ensure you are comfortable. After this, we will adjust the height of the prosthesis and make any alignment changes to maximize your stability and confidence in the test socket so we can start walking! Everyone learns at a different pace; we pride ourselves on taking the necessary time to educate you on how to control and walk with your new limb.

Fabrication: Once the fitting process is complete, we’ll start making your new prosthesis! Typically, this involves fabricating a flexible inner socket for your comfort, and then a carbon and fiberglass frame to make the socket as low profile and light as possible. We use carbon and fiberglass together to ensure that despite being thin and light, it’s strong enough to hold up to all of your physical demands.

Delivery: Finally it’s Delivery Day! This is our favorite day as it means you get your freedom back!

Follow-up: It is normal for your limb to change, which is why we like to schedule follow-up appointments. We want you always feeling as comfortable as you did on Delivery Day. Plus, we love our patients and enjoy when they come in. 🙂