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Lastly, I am much indebted to all those individuals who have become members, peer counsellors or just friends with those who are new to “the amputee-family”. Your dedication and commitment make our work a lot easier. Thank you very much.

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Many authors have noted that the rejection rates for lower-limb prostheses are the highest at these proximal levels. The energy requirements to use such prostheses has been reported to be as much as 200% of normal ambulation. At the same time, the lack of muscle power at the hip, knee, and ankle/foot results in a fixed, slow cadence. As a practical matter, only those who develop sufficient balance to ambulate with a single cane (or without any external aids at all) are likely to wear such a prosthesis long-term. Those who remain dependent on dual canes or crutches for balance eventually realize that mobility with crutches and the remaining leg, without a prosthesis, is much faster and requires no more energy expenditure than using a prosthesis does.

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Recent stories of trans cutaneous muscle re-innervation, osseo intergration, osteo myo-palastie procedures are just a few examples of where amputee care is headed. Aside from the amputee, prosthetist is the common denominator to make the technology “work”. Since the high costs of such procedures are a stumbling block for general availability, we need to be part of the selection process.

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After a 3-year follow-up during which these patients were fitted with a totally new prosthesis that included a novel silicone rubber socket (Fig 21B-1.), a significant improvement in prosthesis utilization was noted. The majority increased their wearing time; in fact, the full-time users' group increased from 15% to 65%. Ninety percent of those polled reported that increased comfort was the main reason for using the prosthesis more often. Other significant reasons were less effort when walking and improved appearance of the prosthesis. Interestingly, the actual weight of the prosthesis had increased in several cases due to incorporation of more sophisticated componentry such as units to absorb torque while walking.

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Prosthetic fitting is typically limited to motivated and physiologically vigorous individuals; still, a significant number do not become long-term wearers. To investigate this further, the senior author (T.v.d.W) studied a group of 20 male and female hip disarticulation and transpelvic amputees who were representative of the age and diagnoses typically encountered. Only 15% had been full-time users of their initial prostheses; many complained of how cumbersome or uncomfortable their rigid sockets seemed.

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The traditional device prior to 1954 consisted of a molded leather socket with a laterally placed locking hip joint called a tilting-table prosthesis. Often shoulder straps were required for suspension. Gross pelvic thrust was required to propel the prosthesis, and a vaulting gait was common.