Noel Nahiah Orthotist & Prosthetists design and make artificial limbs (prosthetics) and surgical appliances such as splints, braces and surgical shoes (orthotics).
We work in a team with the surgeon, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and nursing staff.
Patients are measured to ensure that the new appliance or limb will fit perfectly. The orthotist prosthetist then designs and manufactures an orthosis prosthesis suitable for the individual. Casts are made of the applicable part of the patient’s anatomy and the appliance or limb is constructed, using the cast as a point of measurement throughout the process.
We construct appliances and limbs from a variety of materials, using a number of processes including sawing, drilling, riveting and moulding molten plastic. Pigments are mixed to match skin colour and this is applied to the artificial limbs. Limbs are then tested for freedom of movement and other functional efficiency.