Prosthetic Solutions & Care
We understand that the loss of a limb through a traumatic accident or illness has a significant impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing. We can’t replace what you have lost, but we can provide you with a prosthetic that gives you the ability and confidence to do the things you want to do.
Our experienced Prosthetists have the capability to design, manufacture and fit a wide variety of prostheses for the upper and lower body. This gives you the option to choose the type of prosthetic that’s right for you with practical guidance, advice and support from a professional who truly cares about helping you find a solution that works – for you, your body and your lifestyle.
Our custom-made prostheses are designed for real-life, carefully crafted for ultimate fit, comfort and function using the highest quality materials and latest techniques.
If you are looking for proof of the power of a prosthesis that’s purpose-built for you, you don’t have to look much further than Frank. Since the amputation of his right leg below the knee in late 2014, Frank has shown an incredible level of determination and grit to not only get “back on his feet” but to push his body to whole new limits as a Powerlifter and regular competitor in Strongman competitions. Frank has been working with Anton and Peter over the last three years to develop and continually refine his prostheses to enable him to pursue his passion for weightlifting.
What is a Prosthetics?
Prosthetics is the allied health profession of casting, measuring and manufacturing of prosthetic limbs. Most prosthetists in Australia will be a member of a professional body such as the Australian Orthotic Prosthetic Association (AOPA) and complete regular learning and professional development to ensure they are up to date with the most current prosthetic technologies and practices.
What is a Prosthesis and its purpose?
A prosthesis is a custom-made device to replace an amputated limb or body part. The primary purposes of a prosthesis is to restore function but is can also restore cosmetic appearance.
What are the Benefits of a Prosthesis?
Prosthetic devices can restore some degree of function to the part of the body where a limb is missing. Some may function closely to your anatomical limbs once you learn how to use them effectively in everyday life. They can also restore body symmetry and cosmetic appearance where a limb has been amputated.
What Types of Prosthetics Does Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics Use?
All of our prostheses are custom made to fit the individual. Because every person’s wants and needs are different, both functional and cosmetic prostheses are available at Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics.
What Materials Are Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics’s Prosthetics Made Of?
After creating a plaster mould, it is shaped into the perfect size and fit. Depending on the part of the prosthesis being worked on, a combination of thermoplastics, silicone, metal, and composites is used.
What is the Recommended Replacement Interval for Prosthetics?
Various contributing factors, such as the material of prosthetic device, weight loss or gain, functionality, etc., require you to change your prosthesis over time. For prosthetic sockets, a useful life period of 2 or more years is expected. Prosthetic components such as feet and adaptors usually have a manufacturer warranty of 2-3 years which then require replacement for safety reasons. Some prosthetic knees and hands have warranties of up to 6 years.
How Much Does a Prosthesis Cost?
The cost of a prosthetic device can vary depending on level amputation, technology and componentry being used. The out of pocket cost of a prosthesis varies depending whether you are NDIS, QALS, NIISQ, WorkCover or self-funded.
How Long Can a Prosthetic Limb Be Worn?
While personal preference and activity will vary, you can wear a prosthesis all day. Throughout the rehabilitation phase you may start with shorter periods and work up to longer periods. After rehabilitation you can wear a prosthesis for as long as you are comfortable doing your daily activities.