ARTIFICIAL LIMBS:

Prosthetic aids are appliances fitted to patients who have lost their limbs due to any disease, accident or it may even be a congenital loss.

Lower Limb Prosthesis: Lower limb prosthetic aids are often manufactured in fiberglass.  These are fitted to following levels of amputations or loss:

  • Through Hip
  • Above Knee
  • Through Knee
  • Below Knee
  • Through Ankle (Symes)
  • Partial Foot (Chopart)

Upper Limb Prosthesis: Upper limb prosthetic aids are also often manufactured in fiberglass. These are fitted to following levels of amputations or loss:

  • Through Shoulder
  • Above Elbow
  • Through Elbow
  • Below Elbow
  • Through Wrist
  • Partial Hand

Almost any upper arm through shoulder prosthetic can be fitted with a mechanical elbow that allows easy flexion at the prosthetic elbow joint. Almost all arm prosthetics can be fitted with either a mechanical or electronic hand. For a partial hand prosthetic, however, only a cosmetic hand can be fitted. In all above cases, the prosthetic hand is covered with a PVC glove that has an appearance of a real hand.

Electronic Hand Prosthesis: The electronic hand works with microswitches, because an alternative to the myo-electric prosthesis is the switch control system.  In this system, micro-switches are used which are activated by fitting these inside the socket where muscle signal or stump contact with the micro-switch, is most prominent. 

The electric source for the electronic hand is six volts nickel cadmium batteries, fitted within the prosthesis. When the micro-switch is activated the current passes through the circuit board to the motor, which gives the drive to the specially fabricated gear assembly. This results in opening of all four fingers and the thumb. When the signal is released from the switch, the fingers are closed. The gripping force is good and it can hold a glass full of water very comfortably.  The grip of this hand is enough to hold an object of over two kilograms. The fingers and palm are molded in ABS. This is covered with a PVC cosmetic glove to give a natural appearance and to protect the hand mechanism and circuitry from dust and moisture. The battery is charged with a special charger in about 15 hours. The life of the battery is about 2 years. The weight of a motor powered hand is about 500 grams.

Your Visit To Our Clinic: The aim of the CMSG-POPS is to help you regain as full and active a life as possible following the loss of your limb(s). We are all here to answer your questions and to help in any way we can. If there is any assistance we can give, please do not hesitate to ask.

You will probably have a lot of questions on your mind and it is important that you discuss them with your prosthetist. Don't worry if you don't remember them all at once because at each visit you will have the opportunity to ask about something you have forgotten or need to remind yourself about. You will also be able to talk to other people who will be able to pass their experiences on to you.

When your hospital team feel you are well enough, and if your wound has healed satisfactorily, they will refer you to us for your prosthetic treatment.

When you arrive, our receptionist will check you in and inform your prosthetist that you have arrived. During your visit you will also meet other members of the clinical team who will discuss your needs with you and assess your suitability and general fitness for using an artificial limb. During this visit you will be shown various artificial limbs and be able to ask any questions you may have.

If it is decided to make an artificial limb, the prosthetist will first take various measurements of your stump and of your sound limb, and then take a plaster cast of your stump. This will take about 20 to 40 minutes, and then you will be ready to leave. Before you leave, our receptionist will make another appointment for you to return to have a fitting and take delivery of your new limb. Each limb is individually made in the workshop and usually takes approximately five working days. When you return for the fitting and delivery of your limb, the prosthetist will get you to try it on and will make adjustments to it until both of you are satisfied with the fit. If you are to have a lower limb fitted, please make sure you bring a pair of shoes with you for the fitting.

Once you have received your artificial limb, you will have to learn to walk with it. Your walking training will take place in hospital physiotherapy. It will take a lot of hard work, determination and practice to learn to walk with your new limb, but your physiotherapist will help you with this.

After you have been fitted with your new limb, you may still need to visit us for a number of reasons:

  • To have your limb repaired;
  • To have your limb adjusted;
  • To enable us to keep a check on your progress;
  • To have new limbs made.

 
Remember, if you are having any problems at all with your limb or stump, always contact us as soon as they start. Do not wait, hoping they will go away.

 

If you or someone you know is in need of an artificial limb, contact us today to find out how we can help you.

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