What is a finger prosthetic?
A finger prosthetic is an artificial finger that attaches to the residual finger after amputation. A prosthetic is used to give the appearance of a normal finger. Some prosthetics are functional which can also help restore hand function.
It is important to consult Dr. Azouz who can assess the timing of being fitted for a prosthetic after a finger amputation. Being fitted too early can be associated with a poorly fitting prosthesis. It is important to wait for the swelling to improve and for improvement in the power, strength, and range of motion.
Prosthetics can be functional or cosmetic. Cosmetic or passive prosthetics are usually made from silicone and are designed to imitate the look and texture of a natural finger. These passive prosthetics do not offer active movement and can be limiting when grasping objects. Functional prosthetics can be body-powered, electrically powered, or activity-specific. These prostheses allow for normal movement of the fingers.
When does a finger prosthetic require surgery to be fitted?
In some cases, surgery is required for a revision amputation. A revision amputation is performed to provide adequate soft tissue padding and good contour of the stump which helps for the fitting of a prosthesis. It is important for the finger prosthetic to fit well in order to perform daily activities with minimal pain.