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Can a Double Amputee Get Two Artificial Legs?



Can a person with both legs amputated get two artificial limbs? I have never seen someone walk on two artificial legs. If that occurs, is it uncommon? Thanks.


It is not unusual for bilateral (or "double") lower limb amputees to receive and be able to walk using a prosthesis on each side. An amputee walking with a prosthesis at a given speed must expend a greater amount of energy/effort compared to a nonamputee walking at this same speed.

This increased energy expenditure is higher for:

The likelihood that a bilateral lower limb amputee will successfully walk with a pair of prostheses is dependent on:

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Response by:

Brian L Bowyer, MD Brian L Bowyer, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University