What is an arm prosthesis?
An arm prosthesis consists of sustainable materials and hybrid components to maximise mobility and rehabilitation. Cosmetic restorations are customised to your standards, matching skin tone, freckles, body hair and additional features. The outer components offer individual expression and, in addition, offer functionality and increased range of motion. Then, there are multi-positional hand grips to restore your ability to grasp objects and hold cups, cans, pots and other people’s hands.
Why consider getting an arm prosthesis?
When the arm is amputated for any specific medical reason, an arm prosthesis is designed to replace the missing arm. Therefore, fitting or designing a custom-made arm prosthesis is an important part of rehabilitation. A prosthetic of this kind performs the same function as a normal arm and is built using durable and environmentally-safe materials.
For many with amputations, congenital abnormalities or disabilities affecting the upper extremity, arm prostheses are means for them to regain mobility and reclaim their independence.
What is a prosthetic arm made of?
A prosthetic arm is made of several components needed for the arm to function optimally.
Prosthetic components include:
- The limb is lightweight, making it easier to move or rotate.
- A socket that attaches the prosthesis to the remaining limb. As a result, the prosthesis must fit perfectly to minimise the risk of discomfort or poor functional performance. A prosthetic mould is used to create the prosthesis to avoid discomfort.
- A well-devised suspension system secures the prosthetic to the natural limb firmly. There are various suspension systems, including a sleeve, a suction pocket, harness or self-suspension socket.
- A specific control system relies on battery or electric power but involves manual exertion.
A cloth shrinker will be prescribed if the remaining limb has not healed completely. Before deciding on a prosthesis, the prosthetist will schedule a consultation with you to discuss your requirements and goals. In other words, what was your life like before your injury or disability, and how would you like to restore this?
Manufacturing a prosthetic arm can be done through injection moulding and vacuum formation. Plastic polymer is used to conjoin fabric layers to make a lightweight yet durable prosthetic arm.
Some materials used include acrylic resin, thermoplastic, silicone, carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium that rest within a soft foam shaped to match your natural limb.
Because we rely on 3D printing to produce our prosthetics, our products are often affordable compared to standard machining. 3D printing uses computer-aided design software (CAD) to layer the final product.