Limb amputation is a life-changing process that millions of Americans experience today. Thankfully, modern advances in prosthetic technology allow for greater restoration of functionality and quality of life for those who have had or will have an amputation.
Transradial amputation – a partial arm amputation below the elbow – is usually for those who experience severe trauma to the hand and arm, where bones are shattered, and there’s a threat of spreading disease.
Other conditions that may require a transradial amputation include:
- Serious Infection
- Birth Defect (causing chronic pain)
Recovery from Transradial Amputation
To ensure a full recovery, allow your arm the time it needs to heal before strenuous use and protect the incision site from harm or any unnecessary exposure. Expect initial swelling at your incision site, which will require frequent cleaning to prevent infection.
Some patients may experience phantom pain or sensitivity for a time. Your doctor will instruct you on how to properly clean and wrap your incision site before returning home post-procedure.
After you’ve fully healed, you can then be fitted by your prosthetist for your transradial prosthesis. Your doctor and physical therapist will advise you with exercises that strengthen your arm and torso, enabling you to better acclimate to using your prosthesis, as well as teach you how to perform tasks you wish to accomplish through the use of your prosthesis.
What is Transradial Prosthesis?
After amputation, you will most likely be fitted with some type of prosthetic.
The three types of transradial prosthesis are:
- Cosmetic Prosthesis – Not functional, only for appearance.
- Conventional/Body-Powered Prosthesis – Connected to your body by cables and harness, allowing you to move the prosthesis and open or close artificial hands by maneuvering your body.
- Myoelectric Prosthesis – Connects a prosthetic hand to the muscles in your arm, transferring electrode signals to the limb, allowing you to maneuver it as you would a real hand.
Find the Right Fit for You at Pongratz
Limb loss is only the beginning of the rest of your journey. Pongratz specializes in advanced prosthesis technologies to bring you the best options available for restoring your function and quality of life.
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