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.

Osseointegration

Osseointegration (OI) is the structural connection between living bone and a load-carrying metal implant. First introduced into dentistry in the 1960s, OI has been an option for some lower and upper limb amputees since the 1990s in Europe. The prosthetic components are attached directly to the implant via a connector, eliminating the use of a traditional socket.

There are various advantages and disadvantages to take into account when considering this option, which your Prosthetist can talk you through.

 

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Prosthetics Care

Taking proper care of your prosthesis helps to ensure it functions well and optimises its longevity.

THE LINER

A prosthetic liner should be washed on a daily basis.  Use a damp cloth with a mild detergent to wipe it out and then dry it with a towel and leave it overnight to dry completely. DO NOT leave your liner for extended periods turned inside out or put your liner in a washing machine or clothes dryer, as it may damage or even destroy it.

THE SOCKET

Trans-Tibial users (below the knee): Your socket should be cleaned weekly. Simply wipe it with a damp cloth and a mild detergent and dry it thoroughly before you put it back on. Shuttle locks and expulsion valves need to be serviced when not functioning optimally. Speak to your prosthetist about service intervals.

Trans-Femoral Users (above the Knee): Your socket should be cleaned daily. Wipe your socket with a damp cloth and a mild detergent, making sure you dry it thoroughly before putting it back on. Isopropyl wipes can be used to clean and disinfect all sockets. It is not necessary to use an antiseptic to clean your prosthesis. DO NOT use Dettol or other solvents to clean your socket or liner.

PROSTHETIC COMPONENTS

Most prosthetic components just need to be wiped clean using a damp cloth. If the prosthetic foot gets sand in it, make an appointment for it to be cleaned and serviced by your prosthetist. In many cases, your prosthetist can give you a tool and train you to do it yourself.

CLEANING THE STUMP SOCKS

The two main reasons for wearing stump socks are: (1) to protect the residual limb from excessive rubbing against the socket; and (2) to allow the prosthesis to fit better as your residual limb changes in volume. You may find that you wear only one sock in the morning but have to add a second one as the day progresses. It is very important to keep your stump socks in a clean and hygienic state. They should be changed and cleaned daily.

DO’s and DON’Ts for cleaning prosthetic stump socks:

  • Only use an approved wool detergent to wash your prosthetic stump socks, preferably by hand.
  • Using hot water might cause your prosthetic stump socks to shrink.
  • Squeeze suds gently through the prosthetic stump socks and rinse with clear warm water.
  • Avoid twisting and rubbing wet socks as this may cause the socks to lose their shape.
  • DO NOT wring the prosthetic stump socks out. Roll them in a towel to blot out the extra water.
  • Stump socks can be hung to dry.
  • DO NOT use a clothes dryer to dry prosthetic stump socks.

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Prosthetic Solutions & Care FAQs

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 purpose of a prosthesis is to restore function but it 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.