Upper Extremity Options

Our team at Superior understands that no one prosthetic device can reproduce the function of a human hand or arm. A combination of devices, however, can help regain the maximum amount of function possible and get you back to your favorite activities, everything from photography to fishing to swimming.

Superior has upper extremity specialists on its team with in-house fabrication of both preparatory and definitive prosthetic devices. We provide a comprehensive program that will address your specific functional, psychological and occupational needs.

We are trained and certified in the very latest myoelectric technologies including the i-limb hand, Bebionic hand, Utah Arm, i-limb Digits and Michaelangelo hand.

Your prosthetic device will be as functional and cosmetic as possible, regardless of your level or age.

Levels of Prosthesis

  • Four-Corner
  • Shoulder Disarticulation
  • Transhumeral
  • Elbow Disarticulation
  • Transradial
  • Wrist Disarticulation

Types of Prosthesis

No Prosthesis

This may be the best option for some people. If there's a limited functional advantage to using a prosthesis, it may be easier to adapt to the limb deficiency. Some people that choose not to have a prosthesis may have had a negative experience trying to use one or an inexperienced prosthetist. If this has been the case, we may be able to help you.

Passive Prosthesis

A passive prosthesis is simply a cosmetic restoration. It's an excellent choice for people who do not require a high level of hand control or grasp strength, but still desire a device that is cosmetically pleasing.

Body-Powered Prosthesis

This is a common choice that many people opt for. It is suspended with a harness around the opposite shoulder and controlled by a cable connected to the harness and the terminal device. It offers a wide range of function and control, is very durable and resistant to environmental factors like water and dirt.

Myoelectric Prosthesis

Another very popular option, a myoelectric device uses the muscles remaining in the limb to operate. As the muscle is flexed, the muscle generates an electrical signal that is picked up by a sensor located inside the prosthesis. That EMG sensor's signal then activates the motor in the elbow, wrist or hand. It's a prosthesis that is very functional, has a higher grip strength and is very cosmetic. Because it also eliminates the harness that a body-powered prosthesis requires, it may be more comfortable than other options.

Hybrid Prosthesis

This device combines components of both a body-powered prosthesis and a myoelectric prosthesis and allows for simultaneous operation of the hand and elbow. The device typically uses a myoelectric hand (or other terminal device) and a body-powered elbow unit.

Activity-Specific Prosthesis

Are you a photographer? Do you like to hunt, fish, or play golf? There are upper extremity prosthetic devices that can be specialized to your needs. Devices can be customized for swimming, basketball, and many other activities.

i-limb digits Prosthesis

A fully-custom device, the i-limb digits is for a person with missing fingers or a partial hand. The prosthetic works in connection with any remaining fingers you may have, allowing independent motion and bending at the joints. Superior is the only fully-licensed provider of the i-limb digits in the Southeast United States.

Prosthesis Brands, Components and Styles

Hands

  • Michaelangelo
  • i-limb
  • BeBionic
  • Grieffer
  • Sensor
  • Trans Carpal Sensor
  • TRS
  • Body Powered Hooks
  • Texas Assistive Devices

Elbow Systems

  • Utah Arm
  • Boston Elbow
  • Otto Bock Dynamic Arm

Prosthetic Services

Post-Operative Care

  • Shrinkers
  • Retention Socks
  • Dressing Change
  • Phantom Pain Management