I’ve seen people on TV who play sports and do cartwheels with a prosthesis. Will I be able to do that?

What you can do is largely determined by your physical condition and also what you could do before your amputation. Your initial prosthesis, sometimes called a temporary prosthesis, is designed only for basic activities. But be sure to discuss your specific needs for work, recreation or sport activities with your prosthetist so that correct componentry and fit can be achieved. Once you have mastered the initial prosthesis, a more complex “definitive” prosthesis can be created. If you were involved in sports before your amputation, most likely you’ll be able to continue participating in various activities such as golf, basketball, fishing, biking, tennis, swimming, etc. Discuss your goals with your prosthetist, who will offer a prosthetic design to assist you in your endeavors.