The process of making prostheses

Step: 1

Prostheses are made with a custom-made socket, based on a mirrored version of the contralateral biological arm. Both stump and collateral side are scanned with a handheld 3D scanner from SHINING 3D.

Step: 2

The prothesis design is made in a 3D design program. 

Step: 3

The prosthetic parts are printed using a Ultimaker 2+, which is located at Masanga Hospital.

Step: 4

Any additional adjustments are made in consultation with the local prosthetic maker.

Step: 5

Finaly, the prosthesis will be fitted.

3D scanning

Here we scan the stomp. Throy is one of the physiotherapist of the Masanga Hospital. Hy learned how to use the scanner.

Important to know:

* Patients who received a prosthesis will be followed-up in the months to come.
* Informed consent was obtained from all participants prior to inclusion in this study.
* Ethical approval for this study was obtained from the Sierra Leone Ethics and Scientific Review committee.