Dysmelia describes a group of congenital defects (i.e., present before birth) that lead to a variety of deformities in the hands, arms or legs. Depending on the severity, dysmelia can lead to cosmetic and functional impairments of the limbs. Dysmelia is not always limited to a single limb or limb section. Deformities can occur in several locations. In addition, deformities caused by dysmelia can also affect both sides of the body.
Transverse limb deformities are primarily observed n the upper extremities. In these cases, the affected extremity either did not form in utero or the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the limb impaired the limb’s development. Clinical presentations of transverse dymelia resemble amputations and are therefore treated with prostheses and/or everyday aids.
In contrast, the treatment of longitudinal limb deformities, which mainly affect the lower extremities (e.g. fibular hemimelia, PFFD or tibial aplasia), is significantly more varied. Orthoprostheses are a common treatment method for longitudinal limb deformities.
If you have dysmelia affecting your legs, we will provide you with an orthoprosthesis.
Everyday aids help you to carry out specific activities such as eating, writing, doing sports or making music.
If you have dysmelia affecting your arm or hand, we will provide you with a prosthesis.
We have treated Julia using orthopedic equipment every month of her life since she was 9 months old. In addition to prostheses, she has also received several custom-made products, such as her saddle or her riding gear.
The para-dressage rider is a great example for many people with disabilities. She shows how you can achieve your goals despite physical limitations, and achieve the seemingly impossible.