Every year 1,250 new hand amputations are registered in the United States of America. Although statistics are not available for Pakistan, institutions like the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM) Rawalpindi reveal that the numbers of hand amputation cases in Pakistan are on the increase.
Major causes leading to these amputations are the following Trauma, Congenital, Tumor and Disease.
We would like to share cost of some of the solutions that are available in the world.
RSLSteeper: USD creator of the Bebionic artificial hand, has just announced that the hand will be offered at a price of $11,000 (€9000) around the world.
OTTO BOCK Germany: Around USD 80, 000 or PKRs 4,800,000 price for externally powered hand.
A prosthetic arm typically costs less than $5,000 for a purely cosmetic arm, up to $10,000 for a functional prosthetic arm that ends in a split hook, and up to $20,000-$100,000 or more for an advanced myoelectric arm, controlled by muscle movements, with a functioning artificial hand.
LFA is making full efforts to make P-001 available to the general public in the range of PKR 10,000 (USD 100) or less. Best part would be that since it is developed indeginously, all parts will be available locally for any potential repairs or maintenance.
WHY MECHANICAL PROSTHESIS
Body-powered prostheses have been shown to have advantages in durability, training time, frequency of adjustment, maintenance, and feedback; however, they could still benefit from improvements of control. Because body-powered devices do not rely on battery power, are not susceptible to the same level of concerns about damage or destruction caused by physical trauma or moisture, and have little need for repair or maintenance downtime, they are an excellent primary choice for the majority of individuals with a single-hand absence. Body-powered prostheses are simpler and lighter. They are also more affordable, therapeutic, functional, and reliable than most bionic alternatives. Body power is also far less expensive, costing only 15-20 percent of bionic technology to purchase and maintain