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Breast Prosthetics

Associates offers the widely acclaimed ANITA range of breast care products.

It comes as no surprise that, to a large extent, many women suffer from loss of self-esteem as a result of having undergone a mastectomy. Some women even feel ashamed of their appearance.  This need not be the case since, for women who opt for external breast prosthetic options, modern technology has a great deal to offer and delivers significantly exceptional results.   The most up-to-date innovations included in the ANITA range take into account individual needs and represent a reliable, confident choice.

The ANITA range offers a wide variety of products designed to cater for individual needs:

  • Including a correctly-fitted prosthesis and support bra.
  • Designed to cater for women who have undergone a radical mastectomy, partial mastectomy or lumpectomy.
  • Including the fitting of compression sleeves to address conditions involving lymph oedema.
  • Developed in such a way as to combine natural design with extreme comfort that results in the concealment of uneven tissue and gently compensates for lack of volume.
  • Specially developed for sensitive skin.

Lingerie and swimwear

Dr Christine Weber-Unger, a key figure when it comes to the creation of a range of lingerie and swimwear designed to cater for women who have undergone breast surgery, made great strides in learning about the requirements of women with special figure needs.  To this day, her vision has inspired continuous research and development and even greater enhancements to the ANITA Care range of breast forms and related lingerie and swimwear.

ANITA Care breast forms are manufactured in Bad Tölz, Upper Bavaria. ANITA Care is the only manufacturer in the world that also makes silicone breast forms that include a breathable, textile micro-fibre backing.

Features

  • A soft, natural silicone material is used to ensure secure, pleasant comfort
  • The temperature of the material adjusts to body temperature
  • The weight, texture and movement of the silicone notably resembles that of natural breast tissue
  • Completely skin-friendly

Most often, all it takes to find the right support and understanding is only a phone call away. Roger Wolfson and Associates are accredited breast prosthetics specialists, ready to answer any questions or address specific concerns.  Contact Jenny on 011 640 7198 to schedule an appointment.

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Prosthetic services

Does your prosthesis hurt? Are you walking with difficulty?

While various levels of amputations are carried out, by far, the most common involve:

  • Below knee (trans tibial)
  • Above knee (trans femoral)

No matter the amputation level, there is a great deal your dedicated prosthetist can do to diagnose and employ the right measures in order to alleviate any painful conditions associated with prosthetic use.

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From amputation to prosthesis in three weeks

From post-op to crutches within five days and walking comfortably with a prosthesis in as little as three weeks! The idea of walking with crutches within five days post-op and being able to walk with a prosthesis in as little as three weeks after undergoing an amputation sounds like science fiction – but it is not. It is just up to clever engineering on behalf of Roger Wolfson and a desire to get walking again.

Yet, it is even more surprising to learn that the technique used in creating a prosthesis designed to do just that has been around for many years.

Why surgeons should regularly use the services of a prosthetist when performing an amputation

Should a surgeon perform the amputation procedure in consultation with a prosthetist that is familiar with the Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis (IPOP) technique, the results can be extremely beneficial to the well-being of the patient, and result in considerable cost savings to both patients and funding sponsors alike.

A scientific paper pertaining to this very topic was presented at an Orthopaedic Surgeons Congress that took place in South Africa recently. However, despite the fact that the Chairman of the Congress raised the burning question as to why, in fact, surgeons don’t regularly consult with a prosthetist around the surgical procedure, the fact still remains that as things currently stand, the number of surgeons that use the services of a prosthetist nevertheless remains fewer than desired.

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Measuring Residual Limb

When is the residual limb ready for measurement?

How long does it take before for the residual limb is ready for measurement?

Once the initial measurements have been taken a number of test fittings are carried out.   This is vital for the comfort of the patient. I like to compare the making of a prosthesis to the making of a wedding dress. For a young future bride the making of a wedding dress is of vital importance and she wants to have it fitting absolutely perfectly.

The more fittings the dressmaker is prepared to do for her, the happier she will be as she wants the outcome to be perfect. If the dressmaker’s worth her salt and has pride in her work she will be happy to do the extra fittings even though they are not in the initial cost.

We will do as much as it takes to make sure that the outcome of the prosthesis will give the patient comfort, mobility and confidence. If the patient is a trans femoral (above knee amputee)the process of measuring and fitting for the first walking prosthesis takes between three and five days.

If the amputee is a trans tibial (below the knee amputee) the first walking prosthesis can be anything from one hour to 2 days once both the patient and the prosthetist are happy with the fit. When the final prosthesis is made the time frame should not be longer than three weeks before the finished prosthesis is fitted.

During this process the amputee goes for an extensive exercise program which is carried out by an experienced physiotherapy team.

The Rehabilitation exercise program is optional and it depends on the economic situation of the patient usually the medical aid will pay for this service as they have already invested money in the prosthesis and they would like the amputee to make full use of the prosthesis. Even though the exercise sessions are long and hard my patients report to me that they are a lot of fun. Actually I find them fun because I join in some times especially the dance class.

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