As a new prosthetic leg user, you may be wondering how long you can expect your prosthesis to last.
The lifespan of a prosthesis is going to be different for everyone, but most last an average of three years. At Purple Prosthetics, we will work with you closely to get the most out of your prosthesis. With regular visits, your prosthetist and care team can help monitor your prosthetic leg fit and function closely, making minor repairs and adjustments along the way. This will help keep your prosthesis in working condition for as long as possible.
As your prosthesis begins to wear, several signs will signal its time for a replacement.
1. THE PROSTHESIS FEELS DIFFERENT
If there are volume changes to your residual limb due to weight loss or gain or your prosthetic parts have stretched or shrunk with time, your prosthetic may not fit the way it’s supposed to. Left unchecked, you may experience skin irritation, changes in your walking pattern, and residual limb or full-body pain. Your prosthetist may recommend replacing components or the prosthesis entirely.
2. THE PROSTHESIS IS CAUSING YOU PAIN
Your prosthesis should NEVER cause your pain or discomfort. If you are experiencing either, contact us immediately. Your prosthetist may be able to help remedy these issues by easing pressure areas and adjusting alignment. If it continues, your prosthesis may no longer be a good fit.
3. YOU ARE STRUGGLING TO DO CERTAIN ACTIVITIES.
Over time your activity level may change, and with that, your prosthesis may need to change to accommodate that. Before starting a new activity, check with your prosthetist to make sure your prosthesis is will function safely and adapt to your activities requirements.
While your prosthetic device may not last forever, we hope that your relationship with Purple Prosthetics will. If any of these things above are an issue for you, contact us here or by phone. Our team is always here to assess your current prosthesis and recommend a suitable replacement if necessary. We hope that your prosthesis will provide you with a renewed hope of mobility and quality of life, if for any reason it is not, please let a member of your care team know.