What is a prosthesis?

A prosthesis is an externally applied device designed to replace a missing part of the body or to make a part of the body work better. Diseased or missing eyes, arms, hands, and legs are commonly replaced by prosthetic devices. Generally, most people view prosthesis as an artificial limb.

What is a prosthesis used for?

In general, prosthetic devices are used to replace  amputees' missing limbs so that they may perform regular daily tasks easier, helping them gain more independence and confidence as they carry on everyday life.

What are the parts of an upper limb prosthesis?

Parts of upper limb prosthesis: 

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Source: WHO Manual for the Rehabilitation of People with Amputations 2004. All diagrams used below are from WHO Manual unless noted.

How do I get a prosthesis?

In most cases, purchasing a prosthesis involves the intended user, a rehabilitation physician or an orthopaedic surgeon, a prosthetist, the prosthetic company and a physical therapist.

Where can I get a prosthesis (in Malaysia)?

A listing of Malaysian companies that offer prosthetic and orthotic devices can be found here.

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