As soon as a patient has sufficently healed, the first prosthesis
fitted, is a preparatory or temporary prosthesis. The temporary
prosthesis is fabricated in a simple yet fully functional
design. The above knee Temporary prosthesis consist of a
polypropylene split socket, manual locking or stance controled
knee, pylon, and a sach or dynamic response foot. Photo A. shows a typical A/K temporary set-up. Suspension for the A/K temporary may vary from a pelvic joint, band and belt, or a silesian belt.
The temporary prosthesis has two primary
functions. The first is to allow the patient to begin
ambulating (walking) again. The second is to help control edma
(swelling) and to start the maturing process of the residual limb.
As a patient's limb starts the maturing
process, the split socket design allows the patient to self-
adjust the fit of the prosthesis.