Fifteen-Year Follow-up of the Expandable Elastomer-Window Prosthesis in the Juvenile Ankle-Disarticulation Amputee

LESLIE C. MEYER, MD*, AND W. DEWEY FRIDDLE, CPO**Greenville, South Carolina

The authors first presented this method of fitting the juvenile ankle-disarticulation amputee in 1970, discussing 15 patients with varying diagnoses that had been successfully fitted. Since then the Syme disarticulation fitted with this prosthesis has been used in over 200 cases. Fabrication techniques have remained essentially the same. The prosthesis is durable, provides very good suspension and, with certain surgical modifications, makes possible an excellent cosmetic appearance.

Surgical variations in the technique and the application of the prosthesis to the Boyd technique are described.

*Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 2100 North Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29609-3194

**Greenville Orthopaedic Appliance Co., 600 Arlington Avenue, Greenville, SC 29601