Saturday, May 21, 2022

BK Patient

Greeting again!

I have a very heavy BK patient. She is about 60 years, diabetic, weighs appox

250 to 300 lbs. The residual limb is not a bad shape, however, her thigh

above the knee is extremely fleshy and flabby. (Circumference of upper thigh

is 29 inches). My problem is finding shrinkers and socks that do not roll

down her leg. My other problem is suspending the prostheses. I have been

using a neoprene suspension sleeve now because I do not think she would

tolerate a thigh lacer, because of weight, bulk, and difficulty of

application. She is now able to stand with assistance, but unable to walk

more than a step or two. I do not think she will be using her leg for more

than transfers, but would like for her to have it for these purposes. If

anyone has any experience with fitting a patient such as this, I would be

happy to hear from you. Sincerely, Paula Martinek.

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