Introduction to Through Knee Amputations
Roger Wolfson and Associates is a certified provider of prosthetic sockets designed to cater for the needs of through knee amputees.
A through knee amputation, also referred to as the ‘Buchler Technique’, is a highly suitable surgical option where it pertains to a successful prosthetic outcome. With the correct prosthetic fitting, the suspensions as well as the weight-bearing components of the anatomy are utilised.
Why consider a through knee amputation as opposed to an above knee amputation?
- A through knee amputation is a disarticulation amputation; hence, the knee joint has been separated from the femur. Unlike the above knee amputation, where a great deal of leg weight is distributed through the ischial tuberosity area (the buttocks); in the case of a through knee amputation, the weight of the leg is distributed around the femoral condyles (the bottom of the stump, comprising the left-over knee joint), which makes the rehabilitation and walking process far more comfortable than would be the case with an above knee amputation.
- The femoral condyles or bottom of the stump comprising the left-over knee joint, are more bulbous (larger) than the other parts of the amputated leg, which allows for a perfect suspension system for the prosthesis.
- Longer length of the residual stump as a result of a through knee amputation enables greater control over the prosthesis than would be the case with an above knee amputation.
Achieving the best results
Where circumstances allow, Roger Wolfson and Associates will advise and guide the surgeon performing an amputation to choose the most advantageous surgical procedure involved in the amputation to ensure the best outcome for the patient and their subsequent use of prosthetics. In order to maximize all opportunities wherever possible, Roger Wolfson and Associates maintains regular contact with orthopedic and general surgeons and acts in an advisory capacity to assist in achieving the best results.