Upper Extremity Prosthetics

Like the lower extremities, arms and hands can be lost as a result of trauma injuries, disease, cancer and infections. In the same way, not all amputations are planned, meaning how much of the limb remains, may vary. Depending on how much of the limb is amputated, the loss of an arm or hand can make everyday life extremely challenging. For those with upper limb amputations who wish to enhance their functionality or self-confidence, Dr Bronkhorst, who is an extremely experienced and compassionate Orthotist & Prosthetist, will be able to assist you in finding the most suitable prosthetic for you.

Who may benefit from an upper extremity prosthetic?

Those who may benefit from an upper extremity prostheses may include those who have had a hand or arm amputated due to various reasons.

Upper limb amputations are categorised into the following types:

  • 1.  Fingers or partial hand (transcarpal)
  • 2.  At the wrist (wrist disarticulation)
  • 3.  Below the elbow (transradial)
  • 4.  At the elbow (elbow disarticulation)
  • 5.  Above the elbow (transhumeral)
  • 6.  At the shoulder (shoulder disarticulation)
  • 7.  Above the shoulder (forequarter

Since we use our limbs every day, an amputation can make everyday tasks rather challenging. Not only can a prosthesis improve mobility, but it can also:

  • 1.  Increase an amputees independence
  • 2.  Enhance self-image and confidence
  • 3.  Motivate a positive outlook on life

What prosthetics are available?

Depending on the type of amputation, your options may vary. Upper limb prostheses can be active or passive, active being a functional limb with myoelectric while passive is non-functional for aesthetic purposes. This will determine the type of suspension that will be needed. Upper limb prostheses may also be exposed or rather realistic looking, depending on your preference.

Dr Bronkhorst may help you decide on the best option for you and help you achieve the aesthetic goals you desire. During your consultation with your Prosthetist, he will discuss your concerns and goals, as well as provide you with the various options for your prosthesis.