How to Properly Care for and Clean your Prosthetic Limb

The proper routine cleansing of a prosthetic limb is vital to the patient. As the prosthetic is considered to be an extension of your body, it should be treated as such when it comes to its care and hygiene. This article will discuss some of the reasons this is important and some ways in which you can ensure you are properly caring for your custom-designed prosthesis.

Catching Up With Bridgette: One Year after Receiving the i-digits™ Partial Hand Prosthesis

One year ago Jaco Deist and his patient, Bridgette Mokoena jetted off to Scotland where Bridgette became the first South African recipient of a partial-hand prosthetic. Bridgette and Jaco visited Touch Bionics to test the hand that Jaco had already fit for her here in South Africa. To learn more about their trip read the blog called “Pioneering South African Prosthetics: Jetting Off For The Procedure”.

In this article we visit Bridgette, one year later, to catch up and see what life with an i-digits™ partial hand prosthesis is like and what Bridgette’s experience with it has been in the last year.

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!