The Augusta University Clinic for Prosthetic Restoration provides anaplastology services for patients with missing or disfigured parts of the face or body. Services include nasal, orbital, ocular, finger/toe, partial hand, breast, and auricular prostheses; osseointegrated prostheses with pre-surgical planning and surgical templates; custom durable medical equipment devices, and more.
Clinic Director Amanda Behr is one of only two people in the world certified in both medical illustration and clinical anaplastology.
Anaplastology is a branch of medicine focused on prosthetic rehabilitation. It creates realistic-appearing noses, eyes, ears, fingers, toes, and other parts of the body.
A prosthesis is a medical device that replaces or camouflages missing anatomy. They are typically made of acrylic or silicone tinted to match the patient's skin and customized using traditional sculpting techniques. Prostheses are usually removed daily for care and cleaning.
Three retention methods are used to keep the prosthesis in place. The most common form, adhesive retention, is best suited for patients for whom additional surgery is not recommended. Bone-anchored retention (osseointegration) attaches the prosthesis to implants anchored in the bone and usually require two surgeries. Mechanical retention relies on another structure to keep the prosthesis in place, for example, eyeglasses, and is a good option for patients with limited manual dexterity or sight.
Typically, four to eight visits with the anaplastologist are needed. The process takes about six weeks to complete. Additional visits are required for bone-anchored prostheses for surgical planning purposes.
Insurance plans that offer Durable Medical Equipment coverage typically cover a percentage of the cost. Preauthorization is needed before work begins, and payment is required upon delivery of the prosthesis.