Prosthesis is an orthopaedic device that is designed and fabricated for an individual whose part of the limb is either missing or amputated. These devices serve as a replacement for the missing limb/extremity.
Orthosis is an orthopaedic device designed and fabricated to either support, correct or stabilize an individual with a weak or deformed limb or body part.
Prosthetics and orthotics profession, like other rehabilitation disciplines emphasise collaboration or teamwork with other allied health care professionals to ensure quality healthcare services delivery to patients/clients.
PROSTHETIC/ORTHOTIC CLINICAL SERVICES RENDERED IN THE DEPARTMENT
The services rendered include designing and fabricating the following:
- Prosthesis for the upper limb amputation
- Above elbow/ Trans-humeral prosthesis
- Below elbow/trans-radial prosthesis
- Elbow disarticulation prosthesis
- Wrist disarticulation prosthesis etc
- Prosthesis for the lower limb amputation
- Hip disarticulation prosthesis
- Above knee/trans-femoral prosthesis
- Through knee/Knee disarticulation prosthesis
- Below knee/Trans-tibial prosthesis etc)
- Orthosis for the upper limb
- Cork-up splints
- Shoulder abduction brace etc
- Orthosis for the lower limb
- Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)
- Knee Ankle Foot Orthosis (KAFO)
- Club foot splints
- Knee brace
- Arch support/foot insoles
- Orthopaedic shoes
- Shoes raise etc
- Orthosis for the trunk/spine region
- Thoraco Lumbo Sacral Orthosis (TLSO) to correct spinal deformity like scoliosis.
- Lumbo Sacral Orthosis (LSO)
- Cervical Orthosis etc)
- Pressure garment for patients with burn injuries
These devices are custom made to fit the patient/client.
We get our patients through referrals from the out-patient-department (OPD) of the hospital where they consult the services of our highly trained consultants or they come with a referral from the hospital that manage their cases.
The P/O department plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities thus, the department plays a key role in the hospital’s patient rehabilitation team.
The department has a resident physical therapist whose role is to assess the patients together with the Prosthetist/Orthotist to determine appropriate device that suit each individual patient/client needs. They also take part in the training of patients on how to use their devices.
OTHER SERVICES RENDERED BY THE DEPARTMENT
The department collaborates with universities and colleges of technology offering training programs in prosthetics and orthotics in training of their students during clinical postings and industrial attachments.
The Professional staff also engage in lecturing and training of allied health students in the hospital.
The department is hoping to establish a training school for P/O technicians and assistants.
PICTURES OF MAJOR ORTHOPAEDIC DEVICES FABRICATED IN THE DEPARTMENT
PROSTHESIS FOR THE LOWER LIMB
BELOW KNEE OR TRANS-TIBIAL PROSTHESIS FOR AN AMPUTEE WITH BELOW AMPUTATION
ORTHOSIS FOR THE LOWER LIMB
KNEE ANKLE FOOT ORTHOSIS (KAFO) DESIGNED FOR PATIENTS WITH MUSCLE WEAKNESS OF THE LOWER LIMB
ORTHOSIS FOR THE SPINE
THORACO-LUMBO-SACRAL ORTHOSIS (TLSO) DESIGNED FOR A PATIENT WITH SCOLIOSIS