the finished prosthesis that meets accepted clinical standards for comfort, fit, alignment, function, appearance and durability.
A permanent artificial limb that is built for long term use.
Following extensive compression wrapping of the residual limb after surgery and the possible use of an initial preparatory prosthesis, a more permanent prosthesis, which is called the definitive prosthesis, can be considered. Prior to fitting, the prosthesis is looking for a well healed limb and shaped residual limb to insure a much longer period of amputee wear than could be expected with either the initial or preparatory style devices. However, anatomical changes must still be anticipated as a result of body weight fluctuations, medical complications, and additional shrinkage caused by the dynamics of ambulating with a socket. When severe shrinkage takes place, a new socket and/or definitive prosthesis must be considered.