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.
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.
Lucia Van Heerden is many things, she is a ballerina, a below-knee amputee, an Össur Ambassador, a patient of Jaco Deist and a completely inspiring woman. Lucia’s honesty when it comes to losing her leg to infection will leave you in awe.
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 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.
In May of 2006 Deon Pienaar lost his lower left leg due to complications caused by his diabetes and attempts to warm his extremity with a warming beanbag the previous year. Within a month after his amputation Jaco Deist and his team of professionals were working on helping Deon regain his mobility and independence.
The RevoFit system from Click Medical, in conjunction with Boa Technology®, gives amputees a new lease on life by allowing them added comfort and freedom.
As mentioned in my previous entry, in our profession we are constantly confronted with challenges – but that is exactly what I love so much about it. I have first-hand exposure to how individuals’ lives are completely transformed. My work is all about solving life-changing problems which is why I accept and take on these challenges every day.
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.
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!