New to Prosthetics

Adjusting to life with an amputation is a challenge. An amputation is a traumatic event and it can take time and support to move forward from that event. There is help available and there is a wide range of prosthetic options available, no matter the nature of your amputation.

What is a prosthesis?

Prosthetics is the art and science of developing artificial replacements for body parts. An artificial limb is called a prosthesis. A prosthesis can be designed to provide functional or cosmetic benefits. A prosthesis may be attached to the residual limb by a variety of methods. This process does not require surgery.

Prosthesis or no prosthesis?

Deciding whether you want to wear a prosthesis at all is an important decision. Many people with an amputation quickly adapt to their circumstances, finding new ways to go about their daily activities, pursue an active lifestyle and meet the challenges of their condition. Some reach the conclusion that they do not need a prosthesis.

But for some, using a prosthesis can be a way to gain confidence and independence in their daily lives.


Some people with limb loss feel that the most important feature of a prosthesis is that it closely resembles their lost limb. The function of the prosthesis may not be as important and so a passive prosthesis that looks natural but does not move or grasp may be the best solution. If this is how you feel, then maybe a natural-looking passive device can help you. Passive devices still have a functional element, allowing actions such as pushing, pulling, stabilizing, supporting, light grasping, typing and so on.


If you are looking for a prosthesis that is designed to help you grasp and manoeuvre objects, then you may wish to consider an active prosthesis. These prostheses are designed to help increase independence and there are a number of options available to you, ranging from body-powered hooks and hands to advanced, electrically powered prosthetic fingers, hands or arms. There is also a wide range of activity specific attachments to allow users connect directly to items such as baseball bats, kayak oars, musical instruments and much more.

What Touch Bionics offers

We strongly believe in a comprehensive approach to patient care, and we work closely with clinicians all over the world to determine whether an individual is a good candidate for an advanced prosthesis such as our i-limb digits or i-limb ultra products, or if they are better suited to a passively functional prosthesis like livingskin. We will provide the information and support required to make the best decision for you.