Making holes in the bands holding a thigh prosthesis bandage
Making holes in the bands holding a thigh prosthesis bandage Repairing an orthosis Making a bandage for a thigh prosthesis Making bands for the bandages on a cutting machine

Who are they and what do they do? The orthotist/prosthetist supplies and fits artificial limbs (prostheses) to amputees or surgical appliances (orthoses) to help movement and correct deformities (e.g. of the spine). Other job titles may include orthopaedic technologist. They may also assist an orthopaedic surgeon.

What are the activities of the job? Designs, makes, fits and repairs leg or arm prostheses, vertebral column corsets, various supports and other orthopaedic aids, in accordance with medical prescriptions and patient needs.

Where is it done and under what conditions? In an environment with no significant unfavourable conditions.

What tools/equipment do they use? Various machines, hand tools and aids.

What do you need to succeed? You need at least apprentice training, and manual skills. In some countries there are university level courses in prosthetics and orthotics, combining theoretical study with clinical practice. You will also need patience and sensitivity and good communication skills in dealing with people

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