In a nutshell Prostheses are artificial devices that are attached or applied to replace missing limbs or other body parts. Meintjes and Neethling is qualified to provide a complete range of external prostheses for lower and upper limbs. These are prescribed, designed, made and fitted to duplicate the function and appearance of amputated limbs. Modern technological advances in prosthetic technology allow lighter, sturdier prostheses that function more naturally. Some of these advances saw the introduction of the “energy-storing foot”, the “microprocessor-controlled knee” and the myo-electric (bionic) hand.
Choosing a prosthesis
When choosing a prosthesis, we consider the following:
- The level of amputation
- The residual limb’s contour
- The prosthesis’ cosmetic importance
- The anticipated prosthetic function
- The patient’s intellectual capability
- The patient’s vocation (e.g. desk job or manual labour)
- The patient’s hobbies
- The patient’s financial means.
Many types of prostheses
Prosthesis ranges include everything from typical passive or cosmetic types, to functional prostheses. Most prostheses, however, fall somewhere between these extremes. Prosthesis types include the following:
- Cosmetic prostheses
- Body-powered prostheses
- Battery-powered prostheses (myoelectric, bionic and switch-controlled prostheses)
- Hybrid prostheses (cable-to-elbow or terminal devices combined with battery-powered devices).