Coapt, You, and Your Prosthetist

Get to know what the Coapt pattern recognition experience might be like with your prosthetist

So, you are considering or preparing to be fit for a new Coapt pattern recognition-enabled prosthesis. How exciting! Overall, this experience with your prosthetist may feel somewhat similar to a conventional fitting—if you’re familiar with that—but the power of Coapt will quickly change your whole view of what you and your new Coapt-powered prosthesis can do.

First pattern recognition trial or fitting?

When meeting with your prosthetist for a new fitting, your direct input will be an important part of the process. Coapt uses as many as 17 Dome Electrode contacts in a configuration that’s unique to you to gather as much information from your muscle signals as possible. As a result, this should help improve your function in a way that comes naturally to you from the start.

Your prosthetist should ask all about what you can feel and/or move with your missing limb—so help them by being as descriptive as possible. They will also feel for these actions on your limb to locate and map out points where the electrodes should be placed. The electrode contacts will work in sets of two to create up to 8 channels for receiving your muscle signals simultaneously. Once these placements are mapped, your prosthetist will assemble Stainless Steel Dome Electrodes within the socket/liner of your prosthesis and wire them to your Coapt Complete Control Gen2 controller system.

From here they will fit your prosthesis and help you learn how to calibrate motions and functions. If the fit is correct, all electrodes should stay in contact with your skin. Be sure to let your prosthetist know if you feel any need readjusting.

Maintenance visits with your prosthetist or therapist

Remember, as you wear and independently fine-tune your Coapt Complete Control‘s calibration, it will continually learn how to better adapt to your natural signals. When meeting with your clinician for any follow-up appointments, inform them on what your ongoing wearing experience has been like to determine if any additional maintenance would be beneficial.

If you are making a clinical visit to add or change a component of your prosthesis, make sure that you and your prosthetist are careful to set it up properly according to Coapt guidelines. If you are adding a new function, no worry necessary—you can calibrate and improve its function just like you have done with other motions in the past.