David Kobola and Kurt van Onselen: Life After a Hemipelvectomy

David Kobola is a twenty-one year old business management student at TUT from Limpopo and Kurt van Onselen is 54 year old who used to be the Sales Manager for Powerteam SA. What do these two people have in common that they share so intimately? Both David and Kurt have undergone a hemipelvectomy or through-the-hip amputation.

Petrus Mnisi’s New Found Freedom and Peace of Mind

Petrus Mnisi is a transfemoral amputee and has been for many years. Over the time that has elapsed since his amputation, he has developed his own gait pattern. This is a common way that amputees cultivate a gait that allows them to feel safe and secure while walking.

The many years as an amputee have resulted in a habitual gait pattern forming, likely due to the fact that Petrus has always had mechanical knee joints. At Deist & Associates, we recently fit Petrus Mnisi with his very own RHEO XC knee joint.

Memoirs of a Prosthetist

In our profession, we are confronted with so many challenges – challenges that keep us on our toes for our entire careers! We have the opportunity to work with people but people differ, of course. We work with different levels of amputation and varying shapes and types of residual limbs – long, short, thin, old, young, strong, weak – and we work according to different budgets.

Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Jetting Off For The Procedure

Prosthetics professional and owner of Deist & Associates, Jaco Deist, and his partial-hand amputee patient, Bridgette Mokoena set off for Scotland on 12 November 2017. They were to meet with Touch Bionics to start testing Bridgette’s new bionic hand. What an exciting few days were had!

Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Bridgette’s Partial Bionic Hand Prosthesis

Bridgette Mokoena, a patient of prosthetic and orthopaedic specialist Jaco Deist, will be the first South African recipient of an i-digits™ partial hand prosthesis developed by Touch Bionics by Össur. They are set to jet off to Scotland for the procedure on the twelfth of November. This article serves to describe the technology that makes bionic prosthetics for partial hand amputees possible.

Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Meet Bridgette Mokoena

Bridgette Mokoena is a positive and inspiring woman who is about to undergo a procedure that will make her the first South African recipient of a bionic prosthetic for a partial-hand amputee. Bridgette has worked with Jaco Deist and his team from Deist & Associates in order to make this pioneering innovation in South African prosthetics a reality.



Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Jaco Deist

Jaco Deist, prosthetics professional and owner of Deist & Associates, has taken on his biggest challenge to date: fitting a bionic prosthetic for a partial-hand amputee, Bridgette Makoena. Deist has an undeniable passion for helping people which is apparent upon meeting him and being witness to the way he interacts with his patients.