Amputation level

The term amputation level describes the place where a body part is amputated. Next to other factors, the amputation level is used to choose a suitable prosthesis in each case.

The amputation level is established by the doctor before the operation and is based on the reason for amputating. In case of a planned intervention, an orthopaedic technician is usually consulted as well in order to establish what amputation level is the most favourable for the subsequent fitting with a prosthesis.


Foot amputation

More than twelve different amputation levels are known in the area of the foot. They range from a toe amputation to a midfoot amputation to an amputation in the area of the tarsus.

Silicone prostheses can be used for a prosthetic fitting.

Transtibial amputation (lower leg amputation)

In the transtibial amputation, which is an amputation in the area of the lower leg, the tibia and fibula are cut.

A prosthetic foot, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the component that connects the prosthesis to the residual limb.

What is known as a cosmetic cover can be applied over a prosthesis to make it visually inconspicuous.

Knee disarticulation

Knee disarticulation is when the knee joint is cut, severing the lower leg. The thigh is retained entirely.

A prosthetic foot, knee joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the component that connects the prosthesis to the residual limb.

What is known as a cosmetic cover can be applied over a prosthesis to make it visually inconspicuous.

Transfemoral amputation (thigh amputation)

In a transfemoral amputation, which is an amputation in the area of the thigh, the thigh bone (femur) is cut.

A prosthetic foot, knee joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the component that connects the prosthesis to the residual limb.

What is known as a cosmetic cover can be applied over a prosthesis to make it visually inconspicuous.

Hip disarticulation

In hip disarticulation, the amputation is performed in the area of the hip joint. With this type of amputation, the pelvis subsequently has to control the prosthesis.

A prosthetic foot, knee joint, hip joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the component that connects the prosthesis to the residual limb.

What is known as a cosmetic cover can be applied over a prosthesis to make it visually inconspicuous.

Hemipelvectomy

In case of hemipelvectomy, the entire leg and parts of the pelvis up to the sacrum are amputated. With this type of amputation, the pelvis subsequently has to control the prosthesis.

A prosthetic foot, knee joint, hip joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the component that connects the prosthesis to the residual limb.

What is known as a cosmetic cover can be applied over a prosthesis to make it visually inconspicuous.