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Can a Double Amputee Get Two Artificial Legs?

01/16/2007

Question:

Can a person with both legs amputated get two artificial limbs? I have never seen someone walk on two artificial legs. If that occurs, is it uncommon? Thanks.

Answer:

It is not unusual for bilateral (or "double") lower limb amputees to receive and be able to walk using a prosthesis on each side. An amputee walking with a prosthesis at a given speed must expend a greater amount of energy/effort compared to a nonamputee walking at this same speed.

This increased energy expenditure is higher for:

The likelihood that a bilateral lower limb amputee will successfully walk with a pair of prostheses is dependent on:

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University