How Much Do Prosthetics Cost?
The price of a new prosthetic leg can cost anywhere from R 20,000.00 to R 50,000.00. This excludes pricing for amputation and physio therapy.
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*R 1,718.00 p/m
There are four primary types of prosthetics, namely:
- Transradial prosthesis: an artificial limb that provides the functionality of a wrist and hand, replacing an arm missing below the elbow.
- Transhumeral prosthesis: provides the functionality of the majority of the arm by replacing an arm missing above the elbow.
- Transtibial prosthesis: replaces a leg missing below the knee, which allows the patient to retain use of their knee.
- Transfemoral prosthesis: replaces a leg missing above the knee, requiring a device that also provides the functionality of the missing knee. This type of prosthesis is arguably the most complex, but modern technology has led to numerous options for transfemoral amputees.
The rules for caring for your prosthesis are:
- Keep the prosthesis clean and dry
- Prevent water damage to the prosthesis
- Store prosthesis properly
Remember to NEVER attempt to make any adjustments to your prosthetic device. If something becomes loose, breaks, squeaks or is suddenly uncomfortable, stop using it and contact your Prosthetist IMMEDIATELY!
No. There may be an initial period when you are getting used to your prosthesis in which you may experience some discomfort. However, should pain persist, be sure to contact your doctor immediately.
Depending on what type of prosthetics you have and how they are used, the lifetime of your prosthetics may vary, typically a prosthetic can last up to 4 years.
There is a lot you can and must do to be able to use a prosthesis, such as:
- Work through the feelings and emotions you are experiencing and decide how to rebuild your life after amputation. Remember that everyone responds differently to the loss of a limb.
- Exercise regularly to build the muscles needed for balance and moving around.
- Prepare and take care of your residual limb to attain a proper, sound shape.
- Learn body positioning and strengthening to maintain muscle tone and prevent contractures.
Unless your prosthesis is specifically designed for swimming or bathing, you should not be showering with it. If you are not sure, please contact your doctor before showering or bathing with the prosthesis.