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What Cosmetic Prostheses Are Available?

02/23/2009

Question:

My finance is a t-10 paraplegic and know also a double above the knee amputee. She wants to get prosthetic legs for cosmetic purposes. Do they make this type of leg and if so what are they called?

Answer:

Cosmetic prostheses are certainly available, but their cost is usually not covered by insurance. Another consideration is that sometimes a person wearing cosmetic lower limb prostheses can forget they are not designed to bear weight, which creates a potential fall risk if they attempt to stand with them.

Your fiancee's desire to obtain a pair of above-the-knee cosmetic prostheses should be discussed with her physician, and/or with a local prosthetist.

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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