Hybrid prostheses can be provided as a combination of the above descriptions. Patients with higher level amputations or bilateral prostheses will often need to utilize the combination of electronic controls in addition to body powered options. As an example a patient may choose to utilize a myo-electric control option for a wrist and hand while utilizing a cable pull switch for elbow function or locking. Another example might be used for a shoulder disarticulation level where multiple control strategies must be employed. This can involve a combination of a body powered or friction type shoulder xposition, with cable operated hand or elbow controls and electronics to provide elbow locking etc. In many of these cases a prediction cannot be made as to the best possible control option so multiple strategies are often employed to attain the best solution for individuals.
These options are discussed with patients and often can be used together to provide the best possible outcome to fulfill the expectations of a person's unique personality.
Often upper extremity amputees have had a bad experience with prosthetics or have simply rejected the notion of using a prosthesis due to limitations in availability or training from experienced clinicians. This notion has lead people to feel no prosthesis is their best and only option. Through the use of advanced technology as well as modern anatomically contoured socket designs Advanced Prosthetics can customize a program to ensure optimal function. The proper application of a team approach can achieve outcomes once thought impossible by individuals with an upper extremity amputation.