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Arm prostheses

Passive or cosmetic prosthesis

There are different types of solutions for an amputation or congenital defect in which part of the arm or hand is missing.

A passive or cosmetic prosthesis looks true to life but does not offer any movement or offers only limited movement. Often the term epithesis is used.

A passive prosthesis is designed to make the body complete and symmetrical. The prosthesis helps optimise residual limb functionality. The passive system is supported by the other hand. This facilitates basic, bimanual tasks and skills such as pushing, pulling, grabbing or sliding something.

Often these prostheses are manufactured from silicone, making them look true to life. 

Today we are also using more and more 3D printing to produce very specific constructions. In collaboration with our colleagues from the 3D printing lab, we are able to use prototypes to realise the correct position of the various joints depending on a certain action or movement. These prostheses are mainly functional and do not look particularly true to life.

Are you looking for a specific solution for your specific needs? Don’t hesitate and contact us now to find out how our team can help you.

Myoelectrically-controlled prostheses

An amputation or missing a part of the upper limb can be very distressing. If you have recently had an arm, hand or finger amputated, you need professional guidance to help you learn new ways of doing things, but most of all to help you make the right choice.

In a myoelectrically-controlled arm or hand prosthesis, the remaining muscles in the stump (the residual limb) control the prosthesis. The prosthesis converts the muscle signals into a movement that ensures that the fingers, wrist, hand or elbow actually move.

This type of prosthesis requires good muscle control and sufficient muscle tension. However, this technique takes a lot of practice.

Depending on the level of the amputation, there are different solutions available. Our team will be working with you to find the most suitable solution for your specific needs and requirements.

Activity of specific prosthesis

Sometimes the needs of a prosthesis user are so specific that performing this activity is only possible by means of one specific tool that is placed on the prosthetic socket. 

There are several off-the-shelf solutions which can be used for cycling, golfing, swimming or to grab/hold something firmly. But sometimes that’s not enough and therefore we use 3D printing to design and produce a specific model and position.

Choosing the right tool for the right activity can be quite a challenge. Our team is happy to provide assistance and advice.

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