Technique modifications for a suction suspension version of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum socket: The Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Suction socket Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Background and Aim: Development of a passive suction version of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum socket would expand application of sub-ischial sockets to a larger proportion of persons with transfemoral amputation. While active vacuum suspension provides more positive coupling of the residual limb to the prosthetic socket, there are circumstances when use of active vacuum is not appropriate or feasible. Therefore, this technical note describes the technique modifications required to cast, fabricate, and fit a passive suction version of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum socket (i.e. the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Suction socket). Technique: Most technique modifications stem from the use of an internal seal with the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Suction socket and the need to account for the greater relative motion occurring between the residual limb and socket with passive suction compared to active vacuum suspension. Discussion: Between January 2015 and March 2018, 266 Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Suction sockets were fit successfully using the described technique modifications. Clinical relevance A passive suction version of the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Vacuum socket—the Northwestern University Flexible Sub-Ischial Suction socket—broadens the application of sub-ischial sockets to a larger proportion of the population with transfemoral amputation.

publication date

  • 2018