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Prosthetic Guides — Prosthetic Sleeves

Which prosthetic sleeves offer the longest life?

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Durability is somewhat subjective when you consider activity level, daily activities and the trimelines of your prosthetic socket.  Occupations that involve constant kneeling or exposure to construction work site environments will degrade any sleeve rapidly.  Prosthetic socket trimelines that are "sharp" or rough will eventually tear your sleeve or destroy its seam.  Prosthetic products designed to protect your sleeve are discussed in helpful tips.  Typically knitted sleeves are the most durable, followed by neoprene, silicone and last gel-type sleeves.

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Which prosthetic sleeve features are important to you?

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What Features are important

Suspension Options

Vacuum:  Those BK sleeves intended for use with pumps and vacuum systems such as Ottobock and Ossur Vacuum Systems.  These sleeves are made using Gel vs Silicone.

Suction: creates hyperbolic suction atmospheric suspension.  Suction BK Sleeves are typical made with neoprene, gel and silicone

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What is the difference between Vacuum and Suction suspension systems?

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Both elevated vacuum suspension and suction suspension use a difference in atmospheric pressure to attach the socket to the residual limb, according to Ohio Willow Wood. As air is expelled from the prosthetic socket, your residual limb is pulled toward the socket wall and held in place by the force of negative air pressure as the vacuum effect is created. Suction suspension normally uses a passive expulsion valve to allow air to exit from the prosthetic socket but only creates a negative pressure differential when the prosthetic leg begins to move.

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Prosthetic Sleeve Material Primer

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Neoprene or latex sleeves use compression, friction and some offer suction to suspend a prosthetic device.  BK Sleeves similar to the Syncor Durasleeve provide an airtight seal creating the added benefit of suction suspension.  They typically require higher compression than silicone or gel sleeves to function properly. 

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How to protect and care for prosthetic suspension sleeves

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Your prosthetic sleeve must be carefully rolled on to the residual limb. Pulling will stretch and possibly damage your prosthetic sleeve.

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