Sacramento Prosthetic Resources and FAQ

A collection of prosthetic resources and frequently asked questions.

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Prosthetics Defined

A prosthesis is an artificial limb prescribed by a prosthetist to replace a limb on a person’s body. Advanced technology has made it possible for people who are absent any of their limbs to continue life as they usually would. Most patients who require prosthetic devices typically need them as a result of injury or a birth defect (congenital), although certain conditions such as diabetes can increase a person’s likelihood of losing a limb and requiring a prosthetic device.

What is a Prosthesis?

A prosthesis is an externally applied device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a body part work better. Prostheses can replace arms, hands, or legs, and can be muscle-powered or computer-driven.

Can you make a prosthesis for my animal?

At this time, Collier does not design or fit prosthetic limbs for animals.

What is a Prosthetist?

A prosthetist is a healthcare professional who is specifically educated and trained to manage comprehensive prosthetic patient care. This includes patient assessment, formation of a treatment plan, implementation of the treatment plan, follow-up and practice management. A Collier prosthetist will work with your team of care providers to meet your goals.

Why would someone need an amputation?

Amputations occur as a result of diabetes, necrotizing fasciitis and other bacterial infection, circulatory disease, and trauma. Some people may be born with non-functioning limbs (congenital birth defects) that can be made useful by reconstructive surgical techniques.

Amputation is not a medical failure – it can save lives and ease chronic pain. It is an opportunity for the surgeon to fashion the most appropriate residual limb for prosthetic usage. It is a good idea to meet with your prosthetist prior to surgery if circumstances permit. Your prosthetist will want to look at the physical aspects of your limb, discuss with you possible fitting techniques, and assure you that, following amputation, you will get better and carry on with your life.

Why should I acquire a prosthetic limb?

A prosthetic limb can greatly enhance your quality of life after an amputation, regardless of the level of amputation. This includes amputations of the leg or arm as well as partial amputations of the foot or hand.