Frequently asked questions

  • Q: What is a prosthesis?

    A: A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of your body.

    Medical prostheses artificially restore patients who have facial or body defects due to malignancy, congenital deformity, or trauma. They offer hope to patients who cannot be surgically reconstructed and are used as a temporary measure for patients who are awaiting surgical reconstruction.

    In order for the prosthesis to appear life like, every texture, form and pigmentation must be carefully matched. This requires several clinic visits as well as extensive laboratory work.

  • Q: Can I have a prosthesis made?

    A: In order to determine whether a prosthesis can be made, it is necessary to have a consultation.

    A consultation will also enable us to ensure that we are supplying a prosthesis which is exactly suited to your individual needs and requirements.

    Your consultation will not be limited to a certain length, it will last for as long as necessary until we, and you, are satisfied that your prosthesis will be as good as it possibly can be.

    Generally, in order to have a consultation with us you will need to be referred by you Consultant or GP.

    However, in certain cases we are happy to accept self referral. Please feel free to contact us using the contact form on our main site to discuss he possibility.

    If we deem that we are not able to help you, or if you are not absolutely happy with our recommendations, we will endeavour to suggest alternatives.

  • Q: How much does a prosthesis cost?

    A: Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to supply an accurate costing without a consultation.

    As a rough guide, a single digit finger prosthesis would cost from £700.

    Please contact your GP, consultant or us to arrange a consultation.

  • Q: Will the prosthesis allow me to play sports?

    A: This would depend, again, on the type of prosthetic.

    Generally, there should be no reason for a prosthesis to interfere in any way with sports.

    Obviously, you should use your judgment though, certain contact sports could displace the prosthetic and if you are in any doubt, it would be best to remove it while playing.

  • Q: What care will my prosthesis need?

    A:The type of care needed will depend on the materials used and the type of prosthetic.

    Once we have fitted your new prosthesis we will supply you with all the information you need to care for it. Copies of all of our aftercare information is available for download on the treatment page.

    When you have been fitted with a new prosthesis, we will also arrange for a follow-up appointment, to ensure that there are no problems with it and that you are completely happy.

  • Q: Can I see examples of finished prostheses?

    A: Yes.

    We have a selection of case studies available to view on our site which should give you some idea of what to expect.

    We also have examples of a range of prosthetics at our clinic which you be able to handle.

 

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