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What special concerns might older people have with prosthetics?

Falls or skin damage may occur from using a prosthetic. While younger patients might bounce back from these types of injuries, older people might have a longer recovery. Each patient, regardless of age, needs to talk about these factors with their doctor before choosing to use a prosthetic. The considerations include overall health and medical history, motivation and goals, and cognitive abilities. With careful assessment, people through their eighties may be able to use and thrive with a prosthetic limb.

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