New range of “revolutionary” prostheses that mimic natural digit and hand motions launch in the UK
Three new body-powered digit prostheses are available in the UK, which are designed to mimic natural digit and hand motions, and restore length, dexterity and overall hand health to clients.
The news comes as part of an announcement that US manufacturer Naked Prosthetics has exclusively partnered with Steeper Group, a provider of upper limb prosthetics, to bring its range of body-powered digit prostheses to the UK.
Each device is designed to work independently or with one another in a complementary fashion to restore length, dexterity and overall hand health to the user. The devices aim to get people with finger loss – either through amputation or a congenital condition – back into the workplace and able to perform manual tasks previously not thought not possible.
Designed with a variety of users and functionality in mind, the devices are heat resistant up to 175⁰ and resistant to oil, water, dust and dirt.
Carl Chatfield, Product Director for Steeper Group, said: “We are thrilled to be bringing this innovative range of prostheses to the UK. It´s a much-anticipated launch, and with our expertise in the upper limb market we are the ideal partner for Naked Prosthetics.
“We are aware that digit loss can be just as debilitating for the patient as some higher levels of amputation; and these devices allow patients the opportunity to return to activities of daily living, as well as improving the health of their overall hand.”
Boasting a simple and attractive design, each of the three devices function by utilising the remainder of the amputee’s digit to power the device. The exoskeletal mechanics optimise range of motion and strength, whilst protecting the hypersensitive amputation site, ensuring there is no contact between the residuum and the device. This works together to allow for reliable object handling and manipulation, enabling the user to carry out tasks from carrying large heavy bags, to actions requiring fine grip and dexterity such as picking up a pound coin.
The three devices available are:
- PIPDriver – intended for use on finger absence at or just proximal to the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint.
- MCPDriver – suitable for patients with a finger absence between the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) and metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint.
- ThumbDriver – intended for use by those with a thumb absence between the MCP and IP joint.
To see the devices in action, watch the short video below: