DOI: 10.1097/pxr.0000000000000305 ISSN: 0309-3646

Use of his prostheses by a double upper limb amputee 6 years after amputation: From aesthetic to functional considerations, a case report

Camille Noël, Jean-Michel Viton, Laurent Bensoussan, Maëva Cotinat
  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)


Few studies have been published on the prosthetic management of bilateral upper limb amputees. Of particular interest is to study how a patient’s use of his upper limb protheses had evolved over a 6-year period in the aim to decrease their rejection rate.

Case description and methods:

Mr. D had undergone a bilateral upper limb amputation and had been fitted with 7 different prostheses in the past 6 years. Multiple validate instruments and analyses were then used to monitor the patient’s fitting and choices.

Findings and outcomes:

Initially, the left prosthesis was regarded as the dominant hand and the right one as the assistive power grip hand. However, the observational results showed that wearing only a left Greifer enabled the prosthetic user to perform the same tasks as with 2 prostheses. He has gained greater satisfaction and quality of life without losing his independence.


The patient seemed to make a functional choice over his worrying about his physical appearance in favor of the efficiency of his prosthesis, which was essential for his everyday life, when he decided to wear only nonanthropomorphic prosthesis.

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