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1. How are prosthetic arms different to prosthetic legs?
Prosthetic legs attempt to fulfil some of the roles of the phusiological (natural) leg, such as supporting the body and facilitating walking. Prosthetic arms attemtp to carry out some of the roles of the physiological arm like complex manipulation of objects. In answer to this specific question, the similarities are probably more important than the differences.

This will depend on your level of activity. The NHS will generally provide you with two artificial limbs, although this is not always the case and will depend on your personal requirements. Your artificial limb/s will be maintained and updated as and when you need them to be. This is normally an everyday limb and a spare limb, which can be set up for a specific activity. Some users require a shower leg, which can be used for showering or for beach activities. Everyone is different, so it is important that you speak with your rehab consultant and prosthetist about what you want to be able to do after your amputation. Think about different sports or activities you participated in prior to your amputation. You may also want a cosmetic cover for your limb which is available on the NHS but you need to inform your rehab consultant of your desire for this as the budget is limited.

There doesn’t appear to be a policy for this. It seems that all members of the rehabilitation team are tasked with keeping the patients informed about new developments, techniques and products.