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Five Things to Consider when Buying a Prosthetic

April 10, 2015

Considering Prosthetics

Getting a prosthetic is a very involved process. Once the limb has been amputated, the first step is recovery, so that the surgical scar heals properly. The recovery usually takes at least two weeks, after which the patient can begin the rehabilitation process and practising with the artificial limb. Here are some points to consider, and discuss with your prosthetist before making your choice.

Comfort: The level of comfort a prosthetic offers is very important, especially when you use it day to day. If the prosthetic causes any kind of irritation or swelling around the residual limb, consult with your prosthetist for an adjustment or a replacement. Comfort while moving is also important.

Requirements: One question to ask when getting fitted for a prosthetic is ‘What will I use it for?’ Each prosthetic is designed specifically for the person using it. Getting an artificial limb means getting measurements, moulds and making sure the limb fits just right. Artificial limbs are also classified on the level of activity the user is likely to be involved in. The classification, known as the K-Level starts from K-Zero to K-4, which indicates the lifestyle of the person with the prosthetic.

Environment: The environment is a very important factor to take into account when buying a prosthetic. The weather and the environs can affect your prosthetic and the limb remnant. Dry weather, humidity and cold all affect the way a prosthetic works. Dry skin can cause friction and irritation with the prosthetic and humidity causes sweat to accumulate, causing discomfort. Sand can affect prosthetic joints and salt water can corrode them if exposed. The residual limb and the stump can also be affected if the lining and socks are exposed to the elements and not washed thoroughly after.

Wearing Schedule: Adjusting to a prosthetic takes time and effort. Once the amputee has healed and completed physical therapy, he or she is fitted with a prosthetic. After the fitting has been completed, many adjustments and refits are made. A prosthetist always prescribes a wearing schedule to ease the patient into using an artificial limb with a minimum amount of wear-time, including standing and walking. The time is slowly increased if the patient shows no signs of discomfort.

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CPO’s Mastectomy Products

October 15, 2014

MastectomyA mastectomy is a surgical operation to remove a breast. A mastectomy is usually carried out to treat breast cancer. In some instances, women and some men believed to be at high risk of breast cancer have the operation as a preventive measure. However, there is a great deal of psychological impact in losing a breast. Mastectomy products help restore one’s confidence and self-esteem.
CPO offers a wide range of mastectomy products. The following are the mastectomy products that CPO offers:
1) Breast Prosthesis is a device which resembles breast tissue. It is made of silicone and it is to be worn inside a pocketed bra. This helps to regain balance along the chest wall.
2) Partial Breast Prostheses is a thin silicone or foam insert designed to cover the remaining breast tissue to create balance with the non-surgical breast.
3) Camisole/Fiber Filled Prostheses: A camisole gives support for the non-surgical breast, while still providing comfort.
4) Cotton Stretch Bra: It is a soft and stretchable garment which allows for minimal arm motion. It also has pockets to help hold the prosthesis in place. This garment is recommended for low levels of activity.
5) Weighted or Non-weighted Foam Prostheses: These prostheses are worn during the final stages of healing when comfort and ease is still a need. The weighted prosthesis allows just enough weight to keep the prosthesis down in the pocket of the bra and prevents the prosthesis from “floating”. it can be worn during low activity anytime throughout the patient’s life.
6) Traditional Fashion Bra: Once the patient is completely healed it is better they return back to a post mastectomy fashion bra.
7) Silicone Prostheses: They are breast prostheses which are made of silicone. They offer the most natural feel and look.
The use of a breast prosthesis serves a physiological purpose by restoring natural balance and carriage of body weight. It also helps in preventing problems such as spinal curvature, shoulder drop, balance problems, muscle contracture and neck and back pain. It also brings a great deal of confidence and a positive self-esteem.