The world of prosthetics is constantly advancing using modern technology for both upper and lower limb amputees. Utilising the best prosthetic providers, we work hard towards putting a dedicated rehabilitation team together in order to meet our clients’ immediate and long-term needs. Our clients will be supported by an experienced and clinically trained case manager and – where necessary – they will coordinate the introduction of fitted prosthetics, gait-focused physiotherapy, occupational therapy and orthopaedic input along with various other disciplines to provide a bespoke team relevant to each individual client.
The world of prosthetics is complex and holds great opportunity
One glove does not fit all when it comes to prosthetics and Barr Ellison is careful to support our clients throughout the necessary assessments and trials. This includes the choice of prosthesis to cover sporting and water activities as well as normal, everyday activities.
Traditional prosthesis come in the form of socket moldings which are very successful, and we will seek to secure compensation that will cover the current and future costs of such equipment with the goal that clients do not need to be reliant upon the NHS.
A wave of interest in osseointegration
Barr Ellison are also accommodating amputation clients who wish to opt for osseointegration, which has had a new wave of interest over the past few years. Osseointegration derives from the Greek osteon (bone) and the Latin integrare (to make whole) which is precisely how amputees have reported feeling following such surgery. This is the implantation of a titanium rod into the bone rather than using socket-based prosthesis. The prosthesis is then connected to the connection adapter at the stoma site. Depending on assessment, this option may be ideal for clients with socket-related issues such as pressure sores, ulcerations, volume fluctuations, tight skin and in light of these conditions are faced with years of problems and the need for skin grafting, resurfacing with integral thermal substitutes or an innervated free tissue transfer.
The osseointegration team will assess our client in order to see whether they meet the eligibility criteria for implantation as well as planning a bespoke after care package including functional assessments covering static loading, gait training and dynamic alignment aiming towards unaided mobility. Unfortunately, various conditions such as diabetes and vascular disease can prohibit a successful assessment.
Clients are given the opportunity to travel and undergo assessments with one of the renowned Dutch, German and Australian orthopaedic teams that have mastered the techniques of osseointegration surgery and the Endo-Exo prosthesis system for both single and bilateral amputees.
Barr Ellison has recently helped one such client to fund the Ottobock Genium X3, the world’s most technologically advanced microprocessor prosthetic leg, before planning ahead for his osseointegration assessment. The X3 is new technology which incorporates a microprocessor knee for above-knee amputees as well as being water proof resistant. The X3 is compatible with osseointegration.
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