Amputee Functionality

From what our clients tell us, our prostheses change their lives in a dramatic way. Essentially they are “life changing” (a quote we have heard our clients say.)  However, function for one person is not always the same for another person. Each person is carefully evaluated to determine their individual needs. After determining the individual’s needs, the prosthesis is engineered to perform these needed functions.

Dermatos® prostheses are extremely functional because our clients continue to wear and use them. Many of our clients will not even think about leaving their house without their prosthesis! Our clients have become functional in their jobs and daily lives in ways they could not with a hook or any other visually obvious prosthesis. The true to life qualities of our prostheses enable our clients to be secure in themselves. Instead of being distracted by other peoples’ reaction to their prosthesis or amputation, their security and peace of mind enables them to live happy and productive lives.

Some people think of functionality purely in terms of active prehension (ability to grasp).  Only a hook, myoelectric or body powered prosthesis will perform prehension successfully.  Covering a myoelectric or body-powered prosthesis with Dermatos® can actually aid in prehension by allowing the hand to grasp objects better. This is accomplished through the inherent high friction qualities of the Dermatos® skin.

Besides active prehension, there are 4 critical categories of prosthetic function in hand prostheses, explained below: