PROSTHETICS & ORTHOTICS
In recent years, advancements in technology and materials have enabled prostheses to more closely mimic human form and function than ever before. Incorporating carbon-fiber, carbon-graphite, titanium, and lightweight thermoplastics into prostheses results in state-of-the-art energy-storing feet, hydraulic knees, lightweight pylons and myoelectric hands and arms; just to name a few. Improvements have also been made in sockets, often with computer-aided fabrication techniques and in cushion liners, in many instances dramatically improving the comfort and fit for a patient.
Technology and improved materials do not by themselves guarantee a better prosthesis. It takes knowledge, understanding, and personalized attention to each patient. Our board-certified staff takes the time to listen to the individual needs of our patients, weigh and discuss the options available and only then begin the custom fitting process.
Proper fit, fabrication, and final preparation is not something that can be achieved in just one or two visits. Time is needed to allow the individual to adapt to a new, improved, or adjusted prosthesis. Only then can we and the patient be assured that the prosthesis will continue to feel good, look good and perform well.
Prescribed for children and adults with congenital, traumatic or dysvascular amputations, including:
Pre-prosthetic/Immediate Post-Op Care
Ultra light systems for all levels
Advanced socket designs
Cosmetic shaping and coloring
Partial hands, feet and lower limbs
The Orthotic Department provides orthoses – rehabilitation, orthopaedic, orthotic and related devices. Orthoses are worn by patients to offer support, protection, correction to the musculoskeletal system and to enhance mobility. Each orthosis is generally custom made to ensure comfort and afford the most intimate fit and function possible.
The Department provides services to hospital inpatients as well as outpatients. Orthotists regularly attend Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation clinics and are also available to attend other outpatient clinics on request. The Department also provides a consultative service in orthotic management of paediatric conditions to other community centres and participates in teaching programs.