Types of prostheses
Finger prostheses are designed to replace amputated fingers. They can be custom-made to match the appearance and function of the missing finger.
Finger prostheses can be made from materials such as silicone or plastic and are typically attached to the remaining part of the hand using various methods, including adhesive or suction.
Partial hand prostheses:
Partial hand prostheses are designed to replace a portion of the hand that has been amputated, such as the fingers and/or palm. These prostheses can help with gripping and grasping objects and can be custom-made to fit the individual’s specific needs and functional requirements.
Below-knee prostheses, also known as transtibial prostheses, are designed to replace a lower leg amputation below the knee joint. They typically consist of a socket that fits over the residual limb, a pylon for support, and a foot component.
Below-knee prostheses can vary in design and materials based on the individual’s activity level and functional needs.
Above-knee prostheses, also known as transfemoral prostheses, are designed to replace a leg amputation above the knee joint. They typically consist of a socket, a knee joint mechanism, a pylon, and a foot component.
Above-knee prostheses are more complex than below-knee prostheses because they require a knee joint mechanism to enable walking and other activities.
Arm prostheses are designed to replace all or part of an amputated arm. They can range from simple cosmetic devices to more advanced myoelectric prostheses that use muscle signals to control movement. Arm prostheses can assist with activities such as grasping objects, lifting, and performing fine motor tasks.