A prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may be lost through trauma, disease, or a condition present at birth. Prostheses are intended to restore the normal functions of the missing body part.
Designing the appropriate upper limb prosthesis for the individual patient is a collaborative effort between the patient, prosthetist, physician, and often physical/occupational therapist.
Lower extremity prostheses offer limb restoration to patients at all lower limb levels, ranging from amputation through the pelvis or hip joint down to partial foot amputations. The goal of lower extremity prostheses is to restore the limb and return gross motor function, allowing patients to walk again.