Every year, more and more people are losing limbs. So the need has grown exponentially for prosthetics. Education is paramount when it comes to learning about the challenges amputees go through. Here are some startling statistics about limb loss.
The reality of limbs replacement in developing countries:
Prostheses were developed for function, cosmetic appearance, and to provide psychological sense of wholeness.In third world countries many limb deficient people become beggars on the streets in order to survive.The loss of a limb has a serious emotional and psychological effect and often degradation of social status or inability to move ahead with their aspirations and goals. The ability to move is a necessity and not an option. Amputees within certain cultures are perceived as “incomplete” human beings.Prosthetic devices must improve the functional capacity and provide cosmetic appeal.There is only a short window of opportunity for fitting upper extremities amputees, it becomes more difficult to manage the prosthesis successfully if more than one or two months passes between amputation and fitting. After 6 months, the potential for success is slim to none. With exceptions, by the time an amputee in developing countries is reached, a year has elapsed since his/her amputation.
Children 4 to 16 years old need a prosthetic replacement usually every 6-12 months since they grow 0.75″ a year versus an adult, who will need one every 3-5 years.
Links to Articles of Interest:
https://www.adr.org.do/ (Associacion Dominicana de Rehabilitacion)