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Above Elbow Amputation

(see also: Upper Extremity Prosthetics)

Surgical Considerations

  • consider the Marquardt Osteotomy of the Humerus:
  • supracondylar, to put 15-20 deg of posterior angulation at this site, to facilitate suspension and provide rotational control;
  • distal piece must be at least 5 cm long;
  • stagger the median and ulnar nerve resection levels to avoid a large confluent neuroma