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June 16, 1951

SUCTION SOCKET: PROPER SELECTION OF PATIENTS FOR ABOVE KNEE ARTIFICIAL LEG

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif.

JAMA. 1951;146(7):625-628. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670070017006
Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to present facts of clinical importance in the prescription and fitting of the suction socket above knee artificial leg. The suction socket has been shown to be advantageous as a fittting method for most above knee amputees. The actual fitting and alignment of a section socket leg involves special problems of functional anatomy and gait.1 Excellent historical, statistical and technical reviews are available on the suction socket method of fitting, and these aspects of the problem will not be discussed in this paper.2 Four subjects of clinical importance will be discussed: (1) the time required for the fitting of the suction socket, (2) the types of stumps in which difficult fit may be expected, (3) the type of surgical technique in amputation which produces a stump most favorable for fitting the suction socket and (4) the postoperative care and preparation for the

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