Prosthetics

Breast Prostheses are used after a patient has a mastectomy, where the breast is either completely or partially removed.

Upper-extremity prostheses are used at varying levels of amputation. This include forequarter, shoulder disarticulation, transhumeral prosthesis, elbow disarticulation, transradial prosthesis, wrist disarticulation, partial hand.

Two main types of prostheses are available. Cable operated limbs work by attaching a harness and cable around the opposite shoulder of the amputated arm. The other form of prosthesis available are myoelectric artificial limbs. They work by sensing, via electrodes, when the muscles in the upper arm move, causing an artificial hand to open or close.

Lower-extremity prostheses provide replacements at varying levels of amputation. These include hip disarticulation, transfemoral prosthesis, knee disarticulation, transtibial prosthesis, Syme's and partial foot.

There are quite a few types of prostseses available when looking at parts, components and socket types. When talking about suspension there only a few types available. There are, Suction Type (a form of suspension through vacuum).Pin Liner(suspension by means of a silicone liner and pin connecting to the prosthesis). Then lastly the Suspension Belt (a belt that forms a suspension around the waist).



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