This patient came to us after wearing a vinyl prosthesis (left) that was produced by a traditional “Central Fabrication” approach. We then were able to provide a much softer and more flexible yet durable silicone prosthesis (right) using our Direct Practitioner philosophy.
“Central Fabrication” vs. Direct Practitioner explained:
Central Fabrication is when a provider takes some photographs, measurements and a mold of your hand and sends the information off to a company that fabricates your prosthesis on an assembly line according to the reference photos, measurements and models. Evaluation of this patient’s hand by our prosthetist revealed excellent prehension (grasping ability) which was immediately frozen when donning her rigid vinyl prosthesis because it’s flawed design bunched her residual thumb and index finger tightly together. Our new passive functioning silicone prosthesis liberated the movement of her thumb and index fingers thereby restoring crucial functionality of her hand. The accurate coloration of her aesthetic prosthesis and optimal balancing of selected silicones for maximum hand function was only possible through direct evaluation of the patient and fabrication occurring in the same facility.