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Above the elbow amputations are also called trans-humeral amputations and are more difficult than below the elbow amputations to fit with prostheses that are comfortable and functional. When the injury happens at the level of the elbow or above, the person must have a transhumeral amputation with the attempt made to have the stump as long as possible. Longer stumps can help the individual use the prosthesis more effectively.

Another above the elbow amputation that is more severe is through the shoulder with shoulder disarticulation. These are the hardest to place with a prosthesis that the patient can easily use and tend to be unwieldy and more for aesthetics than for functionality. The more joints that have to be replaced, the harder it is to have a functional prosthetic.

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