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A total of five distinctly different types of prostheses make up the armamentarium necessary to provide optimum and comprehensive management for the upper-limb amputee. These five procedures include (1) immediate/early postoperative prostheses, (2) preparatory/ training mechanical prostheses, (3) definitive mechanical prostheses, (4) preparatory/training electronic prostheses, and (5) definitiveelectronic prostheses.

Each of the three prostheses described previously has proved to have a very specific role in assisting the rehabilitation. Each system can provide a unique perspective on the potential solution and eventual outcome for each individual amputee. Although circumstances may not permit or necessitate the use of all basic procedures in every case, the use of two orthree of these techniques is almost always possible and indicated.

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