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Which prosthetic sleeve features are important to you?

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

 

Durability features:

Inner  lining: designed to reduce wear and tear from socket trimelines.

Thicker around knee for socket trimelines:  manufacturers add extra thickness

Outer fabric lining: protects the knee and allows easy movement of clothing over the prosthetic sleeve.  Protects sleeve from abrasion.

Sleeve Saver or Gaitor:  Some manufactures include a gaitor or sleeve protector that prevents premature wear from socket trimelines.

 

Comfort features:

Contoured back of knee: prevents wrinkles and reduces stress on knee cap

Extra space for patella: reduces skin irritation along patella

Preflexed: 1°pre-flexion allows for easier bending of the knee and significantly reduced amount of wrinkles in the knee fold.

Anatomically shaped: Offers  1° pre-flexion allows for easier bending of the knee and significantly reduced amount of wrinkles in the knee fold.  And anatomical shaped sleeves offer a patella area for reduced pressure along the patella during knee flexion and extension.

Conical Shaped: Slight conical shape offers increased comfort for the user as well as tighter seal along the socket .  Great option for those with slightly large thigh circumference vs socket circumference.

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