General Prosthesis Questions
With a finger prosthesis, can I wear nail polish?
Yes, as long as you always use a non-acetone polish remover. Acetone will break down the acrylic finger nail.
How durable is my prosthesis?
The average lifespan of a prosthesis is between 1 and 5 years. For a finger prosthesis the lifespan will depend on what you are using it for, how often you wear it, and how well you take care of it. It may be beneficial to have two prostheses so that you can switch back and forth. This will extend the life of both prostheses.
Where do I store my prosthesis?
The best place to store your prosthesis is in the box provided or in another solid container of your choosing. The container should be kept in a drawer or a dark place with limited exposure to ultraviolet light. The prosthesis should be kept away from pets, children and sharp objects. The prosthesis should also be thoroughly cleaned and dried before storing.
Can I have a tattoo on my prosthesis?
Yes, a custom tattoo can be incorporated into your prosthesis. A tattoo must be planned in the design stage of making your prosthesis. Adding a tattoo of your choice makes a prosthesis truly your own.
Will my prosthesis change over time?
Your prosthesis will be made of 100% silicone which is a very stable material that will not shrink or change form. However, if your prosthesis is exposed to ultra violet sunlight for a long period of time it may cause changes in color.
How much will my prosthesis cost?
The cost of your prosthesis will vary according to the type of prosthesis you need. Please contact us for more information.
How long will it take to get used to my prosthesis?
Getting used to having a prosthesis will be different for everyone. For some it may feel natural right away and for others it may take some time. For example, a finger prosthesis may feel tight at first until your body becomes accustomed to it.
How do I find out if I am covered?
It is important that you find out who will pay for prosthetic provision before starting the procedure. We can help you with this process and can provide you with an estimate for your insurance provider.
Should I bring someone with me for emotional support to my first consultation?
You are most welcome to bring your partner, friend or a family member.
How far ahead should I book for an appointment?
It is best to book an appointment at least 1 to 3 months ahead of time, especially if you need your prosthesis for a special occasion. We will do our best to make a suitable appointment for you.
If I was right handed and I lose most of my hand, will I have to relearn to do things with my left hand?
Yes, you will have to adapt to using your other hand, although the prosthesis will help to improve the function of the lost hand. Physiotherapy or Occupational therapy can help you to use your prosthesis to its full potential.
Will I need to find different footwear if I lose one or more toes?
If you lose your great toe or multiple toes it can cause problems because the structure of your foot changes. Your footwear may need to be changed or adapted to work with the new physiology of your foot. A prosthesis can be a spacer, will give protection and will fill any gaps between the toes. A prosthesis will also make your foot look more natural in sandals.
Do I have to worry about any allergies?
The prosthesis is made from high-grade silicone and is usually not a source of allergic reactions, but a pre-test for allergies is done when medical adhesive or sticky backing is required. There are many different kinds of adhesive available and we are careful to choose the most appropriate one for you.