A definitive prosthesis is the prosthesis that is fit after your amputation has undergone reduction in volume and change in shape of the amputation following surgery and/or IPOP fittings. It is fit because the amputation has changed so significantly that the first prosthesis is no longer fitting or functioning appropriately. This prosthesis will be more cosmetic in appearance. The amputation may have reduced enough that the size and shape of the amputated side is closer to that of the unaffected side. It may take time for your body to become accustomed to the components of your prosthesis as your activity level changes. The way that a prosthesis stays on the extremity is referred to as suspension. There are several different ways to suspend a prosthesis. The type of suspension is determined by the componentry choices, style of amputation, patient preference, experience or activity level. The Prosthetist you see will be happy to help you choose the best method of suspension for your prosthesis.
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