Living with an arm amputation

Before the amputation

Information on the topic of arm amputations, including preparation, support and amputation levels.

Hand/finger amputation

Hand/finger amputation

In a hand amputation, the entire hand is amputated at the wrist. A finger amputation is when one or more fingers are amputated. Any amputation between a finger and hand amputation is a partial hand amputation.

Prosthetic treatment can be provided in the form of custom finger and partial hand prostheses to restore the external appearance down to the smallest details.

Wrist disarticulation

Wrist disarticulation

A disarticulation means the hand is amputated in the wrist, so the mobility of the wrist joint is lost. Nevertheless, the prosthetic socket can be limited to the forearm in most cases.

A prosthetic hand, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting. The socket is the part of a prosthesis that forms the connection to the residual limb.

Transradial amputation

Transradial amputation

A transradial amputation, which is an amputation in the area of the forearm, may be a long, moderate, short or ultra-short below-elbow amputation.

A prosthetic hand, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting.

Elbow disarticulation

Elbow disarticulation

An elbow disarticulation is when the elbow joint is severed to amputate the forearm. The upper arm is generally preserved in its entirety in this case.

A prosthetic hand, an elbow joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting.

Upper arm amputation

Upper arm amputation

In a transhumeral amputation, meaning an upper arm amputation, the humerus is severed. The transhumeral amputation level may be short, moderate or long.

A prosthetic hand, an elbow joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting.

Shoulder disarticulation

Shoulder disarticulation

A shoulder disarticulation is an amputation in the area of the shoulder joint.

A prosthetic hand, an elbow joint, a shoulder joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting.

Forequarter (or “interscapular-thoracic”) amputation

Forequarter (or “interscapular-thoracic”) amputation

In a forequarter amputation, the entire arm and parts of the shoulder are amputated up to the shoulder girdle.

A prosthetic hand, an elbow joint, a shoulder joint, adapters and connecting elements to the prosthetic socket are needed for the prosthetic fitting.

Cosmetic cover

Inconspicuous appearance

It’s worth knowing that any prosthesis can be covered with what is called a prosthetic glove, so hardly anyone would notice it.

For all amputation levels, a custom arm prosthesis made of silicone, for example, can restore the external appearance and, depending on the amputation level, also fulfil passive functions. These prostheses feature a low weight and easy handling.


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