What is an Artificial Leg?
In medicine, a prosthesis, or a prosthetic implant, is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may be lost through trauma, disease, or a condition present at birth. Prostheses are intended to restore the normal functions of the missing body part.
Artificial Leg Prices In South Africa
A few examples of how the cost of artificial knees can vary across multiple levels, including one top-of-the-line knee that retails for r500,000 as low as R900,000.
How Much Does An Leg Cost?
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Prosthetics are expensive because they’re subject to wear and tear and need replacing. Adults have to keep replacing their prosthetics throughout their lifetime which means they have to keep paying a high price for them.
How long can you wear a prosthetic leg?
How often will I have to get my prosthesis replaced? That depends on your activity level and how well you take care of your prosthesis. A rule of thumb is from two to four years.
How long does it take to walk with a prosthetic leg?
Most people can learn how to use a prosthetic leg within five months after the surgery. This is only an average, however; some may take longer than that. You’ll get faster and more confident with practice. If you feel discouraged, don’t stop practicing—you will get better!
None of them can take shower as they wish. Due to its metal components, prostheses that amputees wear every day can not be carried with them to shower. So some of them jump or crawl to get showered, and the rest of them, choose to avoid taking shower.
Can you walk normally with a prosthetic leg?
Fit Comes First
Learning to walk with a prosthetic leg varies depending on whether you had an above-the-knee or below-the-knee amputation. Generally, people who have had a below-the-knee amputation retain more stability while those who have had an above-the-knee amputation will have to work to regain stability.
A prosthetic is often fitted many weeks after an initial amputation and although 6 weeks (at least) doesn’t feel like a long time, your body gets very used to the lack of weight/foot on the end of your leg. This means that when you first receive your leg, it can feel extremely heavy and bulky, without even walking.