Introducing the click-on prosthetic arm
11 May 2017
The first patient in the Netherlands has received his click-on robotic arm. By means of a new technique, this robotic arm is clicked directly onto the bone.
A unique characteristic of this prosthesis is that it can be controlled by the patient's own thoughts. Worldwide, there are only a handful of patients with such a prosthesis.
In April 2010, Johan Baggerman lost his arm in a serious accident. Seven years later, he is one of the first patients in the world with a click-on robotic arm, which is connected directly to the arm stump. Through an opening in the skin, the patient "clicks" the prosthesis onto a metal rod in the bone.
Because the prosthesis connects directly to the skeleton, a prosthesis socket is no longer necessary. This ensures that it does not slip off, avoids skin problems, and makes it very easy to put on and take off. This method has already been applied to the leg for a longer period and is now being applied for the first time in Netherlands to the arm.
The main difference with the click-on leg prostheses is that this new arm prosthesis can communicate with the patient's nerves, allowing the patient to control the prosthesis with their mind.
Content taken from Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.