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People born without an arm or hand, or those who experience an upper limb/extremity amputation, are missing not only a limb, but also a sophisticated tool for daily living.
Hanger Clinic's National Upper Limb Prosthetics Program (ULP) focuses on the unique needs of these individuals, bringing them the latest technologies and clinical techniques. Steve Mandacina, CP and Hanger Clinic Upper Limb Specialist, guides a team of upper limb clinicians through extensive, specialized training. While the average prosthetic clinic may see only one or two upper limb patients a year, our upper limb specialists work with hundreds of patients each year - more than any other prosthetic provider in the world. Our upper limb research and fabrication center in San Antonio, Texas, is dedicated exclusively to upper limb prosthetics. We also have specialists positioned in each region of the United States and can travel to other Hanger Clinic locations as needed. This approach means less travel for patients allowing them to stay closer to family and friends. This provides a national network of care at a local convenience. Selecting and learning to use a prosthesis can be a major challenge. Our specialists make facing this challenge a little easier with a comprehensive program that addresses each person's functional, psychological and occupational needs.
Today, advanced materials and designs are restoring mobility to people of all ages and from every background. Whether challenged by illness, injury or accident, Hanger Clinic patients are empowered.
The fitting process for a prosthesis usually begins when your residual limb is no longer tender or swollen. Typically, this is four to six weeks after surgery. In some cases, immediate postoperative care will be used and a socket or rigid dressing will be placed on the limb during the first week following surgery.
Information is power and Hanger Clinic's Upper Limb Specialists work closely with each patient to provide information on all prosthetic options. They then design a prosthetic solution based on the individual's needs, preferences, and level of amputation.
Support & Resources
Helping patients transition to life after limb loss is an important aspect of any recovery program. We have the support and resources available to provide an easier transition.