Prosthesis comfort, function, and appearance are the primary goals in fitting upper limb prostheses. Recent use of silicone materials for the fabrication of prosthetic sockets has expanded the fitting options for upper limb amputees and enhanced these three fundamental prosthetic features for management of long transradial through partial hand amputees. The authors survey recent advances in prostheses, commenting on each. With the introduction and commercial availability of custom silicone sockets, materials and fabrication methods are now available to produce sockets that combine many of the desirable features of the outlined silicone designs.
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