Coping with the loss of a limb is difficult because it is a great loss. Comparative studies show that losing a limb is akin to the grief caused by the death of a loved one. The grieving process is essential to your healing as you cannot completely recuperate if you are not emotionally and mentally healing too.
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Rethabile Machete is a happy three-year-old girl who was born with a congenital birth defect. Rethabile’s congenital birth defect meant that she had a corrective amputation soon after she was born.
Piet Dreyer only accepts the best when it comes to friends and prosthetists, so naturally, he chose Jaco Deist to act as both. According to Jaco Deist, his below-the-knee amputee patient of 20 years and now friend, Piet Dreyer will not settle for anything less than perfection.
Toppie Gray lost his leg above-the-knee and was left with a short residual limb with a very short femur at the end of his stump. This left it with a lot of soft tissue. Jaco Deist loves a challenge and when he met with Toppie Gray in June of 2018 he said, “What a challenge! It has been a while since I was tested in my skills like this!”
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 I have mentioned many times before, no patient or amputation is ever the same. We as prosthetists have to think of different ways to help the amputee. It is our job to determine what the best strategy is to give the patient the best possible quality of life after amputation.