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Breast Prosthetics

Our Services:

With a woman’s touch and expertise, each patient is fitted with a breast form that offers shape, support and confidence. Our team listens to each individual’s personal needs to ensure that everyone is treated in the best possible manner. The result is breast forms and pocketed fashions of the highest quality that meet every individual’s ever-changing, real-life needs following breast surgery.

What can be expected at your first appointment:

  • There are many different types of prostheses, from the lightweight foam and fibre-fill forms that can be used immediately after surgery, to the more life-like silicone prostheses that are generally used for everyday wear. 
  • If available, a pre-fitment can be done with a breast form from a fitment kit. This will help the patient to get the feel for the product; how it will look and what it will weight.

Medical Aid Claims:

  • Breast prosthetics can be claimed through the medical aid provided the patient's medical aid has benefits for prosthetics.
  • A prescription from your specialist is needed for all claims through the medical aid.
  • Each medical aid is different with regards to benefits and the time lapse between initial prosthetic fitting and a new one, but on average a medical aid will grant a patient 1 breast form every two years.
Lower Limb Prosthetics

Before a patient can wear a prosthesis their residual limb must be healed and have attained the proper shape. This means that all fluids that accumulated due to the operation have been removed through compression therapy and that the residual limb edema has subsided. Once the residual limb has been properly formed and can bear weight an amputee can be fitted with an early or interim prosthesis. 

Each patient should be fitted with the best prosthesis for their individual mobility needs. Things that influence selection of a suitable prosthesis for each patient includes: 

  • Level of physical fitness and health
  • The amputation level
  • The demands an amputee will place on the prosthesis 
  • Professional and private environment

A qualified prosthetist will need to meet with an amputee in order to better understand their needs. In addition, a full assessment is needed of the residual limb shortly after the amputation to find out if an interim prosthesis is appropriate.

With the aid of pressure applied to the residual limb over a large surface area, swelling (edema) of the residual limb can be reduced and the residual limb can be formed for the future prosthetic fitting. This compression of the residual limb contributes to being able to do your prosthetic fitting as soon as possible and to make it easier to adjust your prosthesis. In addition, compression aids circulation in the residual limb. This reduces the amount of pain and results in improved healing of the scar. Various techniques are used for compression therapy: The residual limb may be wrapped with an elastic bandage, or compression socks or a prefabricated silicone liner may be worn.

After the prosthetic components for the patient in question have been determined, the prosthetic socket will be made and then finally aligned to best fit the individual's walking style and ability. The proper fit of the socket is extremely important, just like a shoe, if it doesn’t fit well the amputee won’t be able to walk correctly. An amputee may undergo several trial fittings to make sure the socket and alignment is correct. Be patient with the process, the prosthetist will be working hard to make sure everything works as well as possible.

The functionality provided by prosthetic components such as prosthetic feet and prosthetic knee joints can vary a lot. This means that it’s important to select the right prosthetic components. These components and targeted training in how to use them are decisive factors in allowing an amputee to achieve their individual therapy goals.

Patient's can rely on our expertise to choose the right modular system from a comprehensive selection of knees, feet and adaptors and to fabricate and to fit a prosthesis that matches their individual needs. The result is a prosthesis that you can rely on at every step during day-to-day life.

 

Upper Limb Prosthetics

There are three main types of upper limb prosthetic fittings: body-powered, myoelectric and hybrid, which is a combination of the other two.

Body-powered systems use a harness with cables to move the prosthesis. By engaging larger muscles, the cables can open and close a hook or hand, as well as an elbow or shoulder joint.

With myoelectric systems, the prosthesis actually takes advantage of the natural signals that your muscles generate when they are used. Small sensors, known as electrodes, measure and amplify these muscle (or ‘myoelectric’) signals and are used to activate various functions of the prosthesis, such as opening or closing the hand. Batteries are used to power the motors that make these movements.

Hybrid systems take advantage of both systems. A hybrid system may have a myoelectrically controlled hand and wrist, with a body-powered elbow joint.

Each system has its own advantages and disadvantages. Myoelectic systems have the advantage of using the remnant muscles originally used, for example, for opening and closing the hand, while body-powered systems have to use muscle groups that were not originally intended for those actions. Myoelectric systems may also look more cosmetic, with that trade-off that it may not be as rugged as a body-powered system.

The goal of rehabilitation training with a physical therapist is to help the amputee gain as much mobility and independence as possible. An occupational therapist will teach every amputee how to use and care for their prosthesis properly, including how to put the prosthesis on and taking it off.

Thanks to constantly advancing technology, the latest prosthetic systems feature astonishing capabilities. With expert recommendations from our team each patient will be provided with relevant components and systems to match individualized goals; with considerations in prosthetic design, functional training, programming, and adaptive equipment.