In Celtic Mythology, some of the Tuath Druids had special powers,--as the gift of knowledge in Fionn; a drink, too, given from his hands would heal any wound, or cure any disease. Angus had the power of travelling on the wings of the cool east wind. Credne, the Tuath smith, made a silver hand for Nuadhat, which was properly fitted on his wrist by Dianceht, the Irish Æsculapius. To complete the operation, Miach, son of Dianceht, took the hand and infused feeling and motion in every joint and vein, as if it were a natural hand. It is right to observe, however, that, according to Cormac's Glossary, Dianceht meant "The god of curing." (From "Irish Druids and Old Irish Religions" by James Bonwick, 1894)
What is an aesthetic prosthesis and what is its function? Aesthetic prostheses
are plastic sculptures that simulate parts of the body; they cover up the missing part and obtain aesthetic balance. This aids the amputee in integrating himself in his social, family, and work environments.
What are the prostheses made of?
The prostheses are made of elastomers from the siloxane family. These materials are based on silicon chains instead of carbon chains like other plastics which cause the siloxane not to dissolve in conventional organic solvents, such as acetones, alcohol, gasoline, grease, etc. In addition, the lack of carbon in its structure makes it very resistant to high temperatures. This material has outstanding elastic properties and excellent breaking resistance
, as well.
How are they held to the body?
The prostheses can be attached in several ways and will probably vary from one case to another. The most frequent application method is suction: when placing the prosthesis over the stump a light vacuum is formed between the plastic and the skin, keeping the prosthesis in place without fear of loosening during daily use or when shaking hands with someone else.
Can aesthetic prosthesis be functional?
The person using the prosthesis must feel comfortable with it and look normal to others, to be able to adapt himself properly to his social, work and family environments. Apart from the aesthetics, we also focus on gaining any of the functions by inserting mechanisms that articulate phalange in a hand or finger and that allow the person to do simple tasks.
The previous image shows one of the mechanisms used to articulate phalange in a hand. These mechanisms are designed according to the requirements and measurements of each individual and they are made from very hard, but very light materials such as Titanium, Nitinol, Carbon fiber, and Acetal.
Will the prosthesis be noticeable?
Dianceht’s aesthetic prostheses achieve a high degree of similarity to the real appearance in skin tone, texture, freckles, spots, and nails because of its custom design
. The union of the prosthesis to the body is made in such a way that it is not noticed.
How long does it take to make them?
Manufacturing an aesthetic prosthesis requires many working hours since it is constructed by hand
and each case has its own unique circumstances, which makes it difficult to standardize delivery times. For example, a finger thimble for a distal phalange requires approximately 3 months and 4 months for an arm.
What care do they need?
Prostheses are very resistant, but in order to increase their lives and prolong use, certain recommendations must be followed: Stay away from or be extremely careful when using sharp cutting tools, or materials such as knives or paper sheets. Siloxane is very similar to skin; whatever can cut skin, undoubtedly can cut the prosthesis. Do not expose the prostheses to temperatures higher than 400º Fahrenheit. Silanes have excellent elastic properties, but do not over-elongate. Remember that even steel can break if enough tension is applied. Taking care of the prostheses the same way you would any other part of your body will ensure a long life.