This section looks at what services the Limb Centres provide, including what you might expect from your Limb Centre and your rehabilitation/prosthetic team. Your team is there to get you firmly on the road to recovery and activity after your amputation, and keep you there.
If you've ever wondered what goes into making your artificial limb, the Technology page is the place to look, and the Children page has a special focus on services provided for amputee children and their families.
An amputee automatically qualifies for referral to a Limb Centre. Each Limb Centre has a prosthetic team who assess your requirements and, if prescribed, arrange for the artificial limb to be fitted, along with training in its use. We are here to help you recover from your amputation and get mobile again, and develop a partnership for a lifetime. Your team will get to know you, listen to you, help and support you through the rehabilitation process. Read more about Amputee engagement
Along with the services provided by NZALS a number of medical and community care professionals will also be involved in your rehabilitation. This includes hospital staff, your doctor or GP, the clinical prosthetist, orthopaedic surgeon or rehabilitation specialist and physiotherapist at your Limb Centre, Work & Income and ACC. Other community services such as Enable New Zealand, the Amputee Federation and Health and Disability Advocacy are also there to help you. Read more about Treatment and care
The time you spend at the Limb Centre depends on what needs to be done to your artificial limb, and where possible an appointment should be made, rather than arrive unannounced. Priority is given to individuals with appointments. Limb Centres deal with new and replacement limbs, as well as limb maintenance and adjustments. Read more about Patient experience
Prosthesis is the medical term for an artificial body part, mostly called an artificial limb on this website. In this section there are diagrams to help you understand the main purpose of each part of lower limb prostheses and get you used to the terminology used for below knee and above knee limbs. Read more about Your prosthesis
Children are considerably more adaptable than adults. That's why infants who are born with a missing or partial limb, or children who lose a limb through injury or amputation, should be assessed as soon as possible. Children's growing bodies and active lives also mean they need regular visits to their clinical prosthetist as they change and grow. Read more about Children
Most modern artificial limbs are made from a combination of modular components. There is a wide variety of prosthetic feet, ankle joints, knee joints, elbows, split hooks and hands to choose from, each with special characteristics to suit individual needs and circumstances. Your artificial limb is made individually to fit you using many different materials, techniques and machinery. Read more about Technology and how artificial limbs are made
This section outlines your rights when receiving Health and Disability services, and your rights when visiting a Limb Centre. It also includes information about the Health and Disability Advocacy which can help you to find an independent advocate. Read more about Your rights