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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
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OPCA 2070 - Clinical Applications of Trans-Femoral Prostheses

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This course focuses on the characteristics of trans-femoral amputation surgery, functional anatomy, and biomechanics. This course introduces the suction socket which is the most common trans-femoral suspension used in prosthetic design. Students will evaluate, measure, and mold a patient. Students will fabricate, statically align and dynamically align trans-femoral prosthesis with a fluid-controlled knee device. This course also covers knee disarticulation, hip disarticulation, and hemi-pelvectomy prostheses.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): OPCA 2060  with a grade of C or higher or concurrent enrollment.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Lower-limb skeletal and muscular anatomy
    1. skeletal system
    2. muscular system
    3. biomechanics
  2. Principles and design shapes for suction sockets
    1. quad socket design
    2. ischial containment socket design
    3. suction socket design
  3. Evaluation considerations
    1. evaluation
    2. casting
    3. static alignment
    4. dynamic alignment
  4. Fitting trans-femoral suction socket
    1. documentation
    2. check socket fitting
    3. static alignment
    4. dynamic alignment
  5. Characteristics of knee disarticulations, hip disarticulations/hemi-pelvectomies.
    1. socket designs
    2. alignment principles

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. discuss principles and function of the suction socket design.
  2. discuss the general characteristics for patients with knee disarticulations, hip disarticulations/hemi-pelvectomies.
  3. explain the biomechanics and functional anatomy of trans-femoral amputation.
  4. fabricate and fit suction socket with fluid-controlled knee device.

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