Many amputees prefer function over “fitting in”

04/23/2013 | ABC News

Many American amputees prefer prostheses that are more functional than cosmetic, according to prosthetist MacJulian Lang, clinical director of Advanced Arm Dynamics in Portland, Ore. "Long gone are the days of the wooden leg. Much more often now people roll up their sleeves and show the prosthesis for what it is," he said. Occupational therapist Amy Natisco says new amputees need to accept the realities of wearing a prosthesis to have success with it, and she estimates a third of her patients achieve this acceptance and have a "hey look at me" attitude when it comes to their prosthetic limbs.

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