Prosthetic reconstruction for upper limb amputees
This study looked at the advantages of prosthetic reconstruction for transcarpal amputees. The prosthetic was found to offer greater grip strength, with a shorter period of rehabilitation and recovery needed, when compared to biological methods.
The main cause of upper limb amputation is trauma. Young males in heavy labour jobs are most likely to sustain this level of trauma. Transcarpal and transmetacarpal amputees are unable to make use of standard myoelectric prostheses due to stump length.
Limb salvage is recommended in all cases where function can be restored, unless there are complex injuries. However, customised prosthetic fitting can allow a return to a higher level of functioning and even a return to work.
Upper limb amputees are often able to fully function with use of sensation in the stump and interaction with the intact limb. However, more social activities and functional capacity can be achieved with the prosthetic. This, in turn, can lead to a reduction in body image distortion.
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> From: Salminger et al., J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 69 (2016) 305-310. All rights reserved to British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons. Click here for the Pubmed summary.