orthotics and prosthetics

Upper Limb

Specialized Upper Limb Prosthetics Tailored to Your Needs

Our upper limb specialists at Cornell Orthotics & Prosthetics bring a depth of expertise to crafting prostheses for various levels of upper limb loss and limb differences, specifically addressing conditions at different anatomical points.

1. Meeting with Your Prosthetist

During your first meeting with the prosthetist they will delve into understanding your daily activities, listen to your aspirations, and then leverage their clinical expertise to craft the perfect prosthesis tailored to your unique needs.

3. Rehabilitation Path through Physical Therapy

Your physician, prosthetist, and physical therapist will collaborate on coordinating your care. As you become proficient in basic skills, you'll progress to more advanced activities.

2. Initial Prosthetic Experience

Once your residual limb has adequately healed your prosthetist will design your prosthesis and begin fabrication. In addition to fitting, you will receive guidance on donning, care, and maintenance of your prosthesis.

4. Follow-Up Care

Follow up care is essential as your limb evolves. Your prosthetist will make ongoing adjustments to your prosthesis, ensuring it remains fitting & functioning properly with your changing needs. Adjustments and repairs are very common and when these are exhausted a new prosthesis will be designed. Regular follow-up appointments, commonly every six months, are crucial to address any emerging issues, particularly as your residual limb undergoes size fluctuations.

Upper Limb Amputation

upper limb prosthesis

Above the Elbow: Precision Prosthetics for Enhanced Functionality

When upper limb loss occurs above the elbow, our experienced team designs and customizes prostheses to provide optimal function, addressing the unique challenges associated with this level of limb loss.

Below the Elbow: Practical and Versatile Prosthetics

For those with limb loss below the elbow, our specialists create practical and versatile prosthetic solutions, prioritizing functionality and adaptability to daily activities.

Hand or Partial Hand: Fine-Tuned Prosthetics for Precision and Dexterity

Individuals facing hand or partial hand loss benefit from our specialists' expertise in crafting prostheses that prioritize precision and dexterity, allowing for a more natural and functional experience. As a subspecialty, we are experts in this area at Cornell, dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support throughout your journey.

Collaborative Decision-Making for Personalized Care

Regardless of the upper limb type, our prosthetists collaborate closely with you and your care team. Through in-depth discussions, we ensure that the prosthetic options chosen align with your unique lifestyle, goals, and preferences. As specialists in our field, we bring expertise and innovation to every aspect of your prosthetic care, ensuring the highest quality outcome tailored specifically to your needs.

Contact Us Early for Optimal Care

We encourage individuals facing upper limb challenges to reach out to us as early as possible. Timely contact allows us to provide optimal care, ensuring that your prosthetic journey is initiated with precision and efficiency.