Lifetime of a prosthesis varies depending on the specific limb, usage, and your age, but it is typically 3-5 years.  During the first year of recovery after amputation, parts of your “temporary” prosthesis may have to be replaced, usually the portion that surrounds your residual limb.  This piece is called the “socket”.  Your limb will change in size during the first year as part of the normal healing process (“limb maturation”) and the socket may be replaced several times.

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Last Modified: December 20, 2014