Dorset Orthopaedic on innovation in prosthetics
Posted by: Matthew Hughes (Clinical Services Development Director, Dorset Orthopaedic)
Dorset Orthopaedic is an independent provider of prosthetic, orthotic, silicone and rehabilitation services. We have two full time clinics plus five satellite clinics across the UK and over the past three decades, we have earned a reputation for quality and personalised service. Each of our clinicians is fully trained across prosthetics and orthotics and many of us have specialisms in certain areas. Above all else, we prioritise the unique requirements of each patient and our dedicated team deliver individual, personalised attention, which is why we’re so passionate about innovations and developments within the industry.
Prosthetics companies are constantly investing in the research and development of innovative new products. It’s always exciting to see which new technologies are being released and where improvements are being made to existing products, all with the common goal to replicate natural movement as closely as possible. As a clinician, I am really passionate about innovations in patient care and the procedures and services that become available, which is why at Dorset Orthopaedic we always ensure to stay one step ahead with the latest advancements.
For example, alongside the prosthetics and orthotics, we have an incredible team of people who create some of the best high-definition silicone cosmeses in the world. A cosmesis acts as a cover for the prosthetic, and people choose them for their intricate, life-like features as well as having the opportunity to personalise their cosmesis with tattoos or special designs.
In addition, we have led the industry in the development of our Residential Rehabilitation programme. Our clinicians were inspired by the process that takes place at elite military rehabilitation centres, such as Headley Court, which provide intensive programmes of physiotherapy to people who have had a life-changing injury or amputation.
At Dorset Orthopaedic we have also supported many patients through the revolutionary Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR) process which is a game changer for upper limb amputees. The surgical procedure reassigns nerves that once controlled the arm and the hand so that the patient can control their prosthetic devices by merely thinking about the action they want to perform.
We also support patients through Osseointegration with Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis, an Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Sydney, Australia, and together we provide a total rehabilitation package for amputees. Osseointegration works well for patients who have difficulties using prosthetic sockets, as it involves the fitting of a titanium implant directly into the bone, allowing for a prosthesis to be connected to it. What’s so interesting is the multidisciplinary nature of procedures like this; to make Osseointegration or TMR as effective and successful as possible the patient, their doctor, prosthetist and physiotherapist all need to work together.
To find out more about Dorset Orthopaedic and the innovative services they offer, click here.