Prosthetics for Bilateral Amputees

It is tough enough losing one limb but when more than one limb is involved then a persons situation changes radically. Creating multiple prosthetics for bilateral amputees can be challenging but also very fulfilling.

I have had the privilege to work with hundreds of bilateral amputees in my career and find that their care requires a unique perspective on prosthetics. – Rick Riley

Bilateral AmputeeThe challenges of being a bilateral amputee

Bilateral lower limb amputees do not have the option of getting around on crutches when there is a problem with their prosthesis. They are relegated to a wheelchair or rendered immobile. It is critical that bilateral amputees have backup limbs to use when there is maintenance or other issues that prohibit them from using their regular prostheses.

Often times I encounter bilateral amputees who have been fit with two different feet. That would be like walking on one high heeled shoe and one flip flop. If one or both legs are above the knee then stability is a major concern and the type of knee that is used needs to take this into account.

Experience and Expectations

I have also had experience in working with more than two missing limbs and am proud to say that these challenged amputees can return to a degree of normalcy. Each person is different and their prosthetic requirements are unique. The important factor is finding out what the amputee expects and desires, then matching available technology and the all-important fit to that individual.