Prosthetics in Kelowna

Every amputee is unique. At Hager Orthopaedic Clinics, we take into consideration your individual goals, needs, strengths, and physical obstacles. We do a full assessment and discussion with you before we create a prosthetic treatment plan. Whether your goal is to restore your body image, be comfortable in your daily activities, or return to your favourite pastimes, we have options for you. To learn more about our prosthetics, call us in Kelowna today!

What Is a Prosthesis?

A prosthesis is a custom designed and fabricated device to help restore function, mobility, and/or body image.

Types of Prosthesis:

At Hager Orthopaedic Clinics Ltd. we work with clients of all activity levels and ages and have experience making prostheses for all amputation levels, including:

  • Partial foot

  • Symes

  • Trans-tibial (below knee)

  • Trans-femoral (above knee)

  • Partial hand

  • Trans-radial (below elbow)

  • Trans-humeral (above elbow)

Our prosthetists keep up-to-date with the latest advances in prosthetic technology.


I Recently Had an Amputation, What Happens Next?

  1. The first step is to call Hager Orthopaedic Clinics and book an appointment to meet with your prosthetist to discuss your needs and goals. The prosthetist will look at your amputation site and will do some functional tests to determine your strength and flexibility.
  2. Often you will be given a compression garment to wear or a hard protector will be made to protect the amputation site and prevent swelling while you heal.
  3. Once your incision has healed, the prosthetist can take a cast of your leg. The cast is then removed and filled up with plaster so that an exact replica of your leg is created.
  4. The prosthetist will modify the model of your leg based on their assessment of your skin, musculature, and any sensitive areas.
  5. When they are satisfied with the model, hot plastic is vacuum-formed over the model. This clear plastic creates what is called a "prosthetic socket".
  6. The prosthetic socket is attached to other prosthetic components (such as feet, knees, hands, and adaptors) to make a complete leg or arm. At this stage the mechanics are usually exposed so that the prosthetist can make adjustments to improve your walking or comfort level. This is the trial prosthesis period.
  7. You will use the trial prosthesis for the first part of your rehabilitation. The set-up of the trial prosthesis allows the prosthetist to make adjustments as your body changes and rehabilitation proceeds. As the swelling from the operation goes down, it is common for the fit of the prosthesis to change.
  8. Once you and your prosthetist are happy with the fit and function of your prosthesis then a definitive prosthesis can be made. The definitive prosthesis can be made with a cosmetic cover or the mechanics can be left uncovered. It is your choice how you would like your finished leg or arm to look.
  9. Over the years you will need occasional adjustments, parts replaced, and new prostheses made. Your prosthetist will be able to help you with this when the time comes.

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Hager Orthopaedic Clinics


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Service Area:
Okanagan Valley, West Kootenay, and Boundary Districts (Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country, Winfield, Vernon, Penticton, Castlegar, Trail, Nelson, Creston, Peachland, Summerland, Oliver, Osoyoos, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Armstrong, Rossland, Fruitvale, Salmo, Slocan, Kaslo, New Denver, Grand Forks, Rock Creek, Beaverdell, Nakusp, Lumby, Merritt, Princeton)

Main Office

1876 Ambrosi Road

Kelowna, BC V1Y 4R9

Phone: 250-861-1833

Fax: 250-861-7884

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6225



2033 Columbia Avenue

Castlegar, BC V1N 2W8

Phone: 250-365-8032


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Trail, BC V1R 4M1
(Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital • O.T. Splint Room)

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