Vacuum suspension systems may provide distinct benefits to persons with amputation. This study examined these unique benefits through an outcomes study. Possible benefits were evaluated by administering surveys to participants and their prosthetists about daily activities, volume fluctuations, skin problems and comfort. Activity Balance Confidence scores were found to be significantly higher in participants using vacuum suspension with 95% confidence, indicating a lower predicted incidence of future falls. Skin problems appeared to be decreased, and walking times increased in some users.
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