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What’s important when selecting a prosthesis?

First, it’s important to know that a prosthesis is designed to replace a missing part of the body or to help a body part function better. There are many types of prosthesis that are made to replace missing hands, arms, legs or even joints.  During rehabilitation, you will meet with a prosthetist, the specialist who designs, constructs, and fits artificial limbs. The prosthetist will review the prescription your doctor gave for the prosthesis. He or she will examine your remaining limb or stump and make a cast out of plaster to fit. The prosthetist then uses computers to design specially made artificial limbs. Technicians use different equipment to make the limb fit you perfectly. The prosthetist will take special care to make the most of fit, comfort and appearance so your prosthesis allows you to be active and feel confident.

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