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Prostheses, Upper Limb, Hand, Mechanical

Definition : Hand prostheses operated by mechanical power, usually supplied by other parts of the patient body (i.e., body-powered), and designed for partial functional and cosmetic replacement of a missing hand. These prostheses are typically devices that resemble a natural hand and are made of metal (e.g., cobalt-chromium alloys), hard plastics (e.g., polyethylene), or a combination of materials; they are usually fixed with a socket to the wrist and require some degree of customization. Mechanical hand prostheses may be externally or patient-actuated; in the most common configuration, the hand is operated by cables attached to a harness strapped around the shoulders. Movement of the shoulder operates (e.g., opens, closes) the hand. The prostheses may be used alone as a replacement for a lost hand or as the terminal component of a below-the-elbow, above-the-elbow, or total upper limb prosthesis in patients who have congenital abnormalities or who suffered amputations due to illness (e.g., diabetes) or traumatic accidents.

Entry Terms : "Hands, External Limb Component, Mechanical" , "Mechanical Hand Prostheses" , "Mechanical Prostheses" , "Mechanical Prostheses, External Component"

UMDC code : 23358


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Hosmer Dorrance Corp

Hosmer is a manufacturer of innovative prosthetic and orthotic products. Our expert O&P technicians can custom fabricate any orthosis or prosthesis to meet your needs.

Liberating Technologies Inc

Liberating Technologies, Inc. (LTI) is a leading supplier of upper-limb prosthetic devices for adults and children. The company designs and manufactures prosthetic devices such as the Boston Digital™ Arm System for above-elbow amputees and the VariGrip™ prosthetic controller for below-elbow amputees.

Motion Control Inc

Motion Control, Inc., is one of the most advanced development and manufacturing companies in the prosthetics industry today. Motion Control was originally established in 1974 by Dr. Stephen C. Jacobsen, to commercialize the medical technology developed at the University of Utah's Center for Engineering Design. Current president, Harold H. Sears, Ph.D., is an alumnus of Dr. Jacobsen's group as well.

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