A prosthesis is a medical device that replaces an absent body part.Some prostheses are internal, for example a replacement heart valve and some are external. At CURE Kenya, we have excelled at fabricating external prostheses which are made from high quality materials therefore our clients are assured of resuming their everyday lives without much strain.
Our prosthetics team offers a comprehensive service for all patients who have absent limbs (whole or part) and need a prosthesis. Measurements are taken for the missing limb. the prosthesis is fabricated and then fitting is done. Clients are taught how to use and take care of their new prosthesis. So far, we have fabricated several thousands of prosthesis leading satisfied clients.
Patients may have a limb part missing for many reasons. The commonest is vascular disease (poor circulation), and the majority of patients seen have diseases such as diabetes.
Some patients are seen before amputation to discuss the best surgical approach but most are first seen after amputation, usually at about 4-6 weeks once the wounds have healed well.
The service is primarily run on an outpatient / day patient basis, but patients with very complex problems can be admitted if necessary.
Once a patient has a prosthesis they may return at any time if problems arise with or in relation to the prosthesis. Usually these problems are managed and resolved by the prosthesis.
The service also covers other problems arising from amputation. The commonest single problem is pain felt in the amputated limb, so-called ‘phantom pain’. Other problems include breakdown of the wound, emotional distress and practical problems with daily activities.
The prosthetics service liaises closely with many other people, including primary care teams, specialist pain clinics, local physiotherapy services, surgeons and social services