Above Knee Amputation (AK)


Above Knee Amputation
At McCleve O&P, we believe in a team approach to your above knee amputation and prosthetic care. We team with doctors, wound clinics, and rehabilitation centers across the state and country to assure you receive the very best care possible. Losing a limb is a traumatic experience and will require focus and teamwork to help you regain the mobility and quality of life you deserve.

An above knee prosthesis is specifically designed for patients who have undergone a transfemoral amputation (amputation that occurs through the femur), a surgical procedure involving removal of the leg above the knee.

Reasons for this Procedure

An (AK) Above Knee amputation is usually done for one of the following reasons:
  • Poor blood flow that has resulted in tissue loss and damage (e.g., Diabetes).
  • Severe infection (e.g., Gangrene).
  • Trauma from injury or accident.
  • Tumor, cancer or other infectious disease.
  • Congenital disorder (e.g., A limb that has not formed properly).

Amputation is always a last resort and will only be recommended if your surgeon deems it absolutely necessary.  Except for cases involving trauma or accident, you will have an opportunity to discuss options.

Possible Questions To Ask Your Prosthetist:

  • What is it like to actually lose a limb?
  • How many above knee amputation patients do you have?
  • What will my stump or limb look like?
  • When will I receive my prosthetic device?
  • What limitation should I expect as an amputee?
  • Can I pursue my old activities and interests?

At the McCleve Prosthetic Center, we will help match you with an amputee peer that you’re comfortable with.  Our patients range in age from young to old and many are trained as Peer Mentors to help you get comfortable with your prosthesis and new way of life. Whether you have lost one or both your legs, we have an amputee peer mentor that can relate to you and discuss what it’s like to experience your specific amputation, from first-hand knowledge. The sooner you talk to another amputee, the sooner you’ll start to understand that you can still achieve all your hopes and dreams.

For Active K3 & K4 ambulators, you now have options when it comes to the microprocessor knee you you choose:

Introducing the Plié® 3 Microprocessor Controlled Knee

Stronger. Smarter. Submersible.
Stronger construction makes the new Plié 3 Microprocessor Controlled (MPC) Knee both submersible and more rugged than ever. Yet, it’s still the fastest MPC knee, responding 10 to 20 times more rapidly than other MPC knees. With the most responsive stumble and fall protection, users can instinctively move at their own pace in any direction…even if it’s taking small short steps or pivoting in confined spaces. And with a more streamlined, intuitive set up, the Plié 3 MPC Knee makes it even easier for prosthetists to help patients expand their freedom.

Target Users
• K3 amputees that need customized stumble recovery for a variety of activities
• High K3 and K4 amputees that need a knee that adjusts to both walking and running
• Ambulate with variable cadence on uneven terrain
• Have adequate hip strength in flexion and extension
• Occasional water exposure

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