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    Basics Of Advanced Socket Design In Transfemoral Prosthetics

    2.2.4 - Supported by Ottobock

    10/6/19 | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM time


    Michael Schaefer, POHLIG GmbH (Traunstein, Germany)

    Marlo Ortiz, Ortiz Internacional (Guadalajara, Mexico)

    Malte Bellmann, Ottobock (Goettingen, Germany)

    Session format
    Advanced Instructional Course
    Room 501, Conference Center
    Prosthetics: Lower Limb
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Michael Schaefer



    The prosthetic Sockettechnique after above knee amputation is currently experiencing many innovative care approaches around the world that raise questions and make even experienced providers think. What are minimum and adequate requirements for the different stump lengths, properties of muscles and tissues, imbedding techniques?

    It is undisputed that the performance of the Amputees depends significantly on the design of the prosthetic socket. As the central link between man and technology, it has to fulfill biomechanical aspects as well as specific imbedding characteristics. Some of them can be discussed, others are almost irrefutable, since they are based on clearly comprehensible physical laws.

    In addition to an introductory lecture on the biomechanical requirements for walking with above knee prostheses, the different design features of proven modern AK socket systems are considered and critically examined.

    Experts in this care area report on the latest approaches to high performance socket designs in transfemoral prosthetics. Different methods of shape detection from plaster cast to digital scan are considered as well as the critical debate on the design of the sheep entry level (Ischial containment, Ischio-Ramal containment, subischial technique).

    The experienced suppliers also deal with specific imbedding features and technical features in the design of a modern AK-Sockets, which all have the best possible performance of the user's goal. At the same time, concrete approaches for the improvement of the sockets guidance behavior will be shown, as well as measures with influence on the reduction of stump - socket - pseudarthrosis and the painful stump.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    This advanced course is designed to teach successful approaches in the design of modern AK- sockets, highlighting and commenting on critical content and demonstrating to listeners the path to successful performance in modern socket design.

    This session focuses on the topic Prosthetics: Lower Limb Transfemoral and is supported by Ottobock.

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