Generally, you will get two prosthetic devices within the first year of your amputation. The first prosthesis is called a preparatory prosthesis and is usually worn for about three to six months. During this time, your residual limb continues to shrink and becomes less sensitive. Once your residual limb has healed and the size and shape have stabilized, you are ready for a more complex “definitive” prosthesis. Your definitive prosthesis can last for many years, especially if you take proper care of it and have it periodically “checked and serviced” by your prosthetist.
Also, it is very important that you maintain your weight. Even a 10-pound weight gain or loss could affect the prosthetic fitting, which requires adjustments or a new prosthesis.