Brachial Plexus Injuries
We specialise in custom-fabricated silicone upper limb prosthesis. A prosthesis is an artificial replacement of an absent body part. Patients with amputated hands will benefit from fitting prostheses. A prosthesis enhances hand function by restoring lost length and span of the amputated hand to allow opposition with (i.e. work against) the remaining parts. Prosthesis also augments the functional outcome of surgical reconstruction.
All prospective patients are required to attend a pre-fitting clinic to assess their suitability for fitting with regard to the physical conditions of the stump as well as the patient's own expectations.
First-time patients must attend the prosthetic clinic in person. This is to allow us to achieve a good colour-match and optimum prosthetic fit. Subsequent replacements may be mail-ordered.
It takes five working days to complete fitting with finger prostheses. Therefore, a week-long stay is advised for all finger cases. For partial and full hand cases, a longer stay of 8 -10 days, depending on the complexity, is required.
Chief Prosthetist Mr Michael EL Leow
Mr Michael Leow is in charge of the Department's Prosthethic Services.
He obtained his Master of Science degree in 1995 and completed further specialised training at the renowned Northwestern University Prosthetic-Orthotic Center in Chicago in 1996. He has over 30 years of experience in producing and fitting custom-moulded silicone prostheses for patients with hand and finger amputations. He has served as invited reviewer for the journal Prosthetics Orthotics International. His research focuses on fabrication and fitting of silicone prostheses. He has published numerous papers on the topic in international scientific journals. For his contributions in prosthetic research, he was awarded NUHS Model Allied Health Professional Award (Research Contribution) in 2014.