The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Scots pros­thetists giv­ing pa­tients new lease of life

Duo work­ing in Aberdeen craft ap­pendages we take for granted

- BY JON HEBDITCH Medicine · Aberdeen Royal Infirmary · Aberdeenshire · Scotland · Perth · Orkney Islands

Ears, noses and eye­balls are fa­cial fea­tures most of us take for granted.

But for two women work­ing at Aberdeen Royal In­fir­mary, their time on the job is taken up mak­ing re­place­ment body parts to give pa­tients a new of life.

Karen Boyd and Justyna Kruczyn­ska are the only max­illo­fa­cial pros­thetists in the north-east of Scot­land and han­dle the ma­jor­ity of cases from Perth to Orkney.

T h e p a i r f a c e in­creas­ing chal­lenges – lease choos­ing which pa­tients to pri­ori­tise, an ev­er­ex­pand­ing wait­ing list, a lack of fund­ing and a dearth of train­ing places in Scot­land.

Moulds of miss­ing body parts are hand­made from a va­ri­ety of ma­te­ri­als such as wax, sil­i­cone and acrylic and then in­di­vid­u­ally painted by the skilled tech­ni­cians.

They can then be at­tached to the body with ad­he­sives or by us­ing ti­ta­nium bars placed be­neath the skin and then at­tach­ing the pros­thetic by mag­net.

Ms Boyd said: “It is a very cre­ative job, we make a lot of moulds we have never made be­fore and a lot of it is trial and er­ror to see what works for what pa­tient.

“Ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent so ev­ery pros­thetic needs to be hand­made and suited to each in­di­vid­ual pa­tient.”

She added: “Gen­er­ally trauma pa­tients are pri­ori­tised and the wait­ing list is re­viewed reg­u­larly.”

Ms Kruczyn­ska said: “The real beauty of our job is that if we have done it right then no­body will ever even know it is a pros­thetic.”

 ?? Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine ?? EX­PERTS: Max­illo­fa­cial pros­thetist Justyna Kruczyn­ska, left, and lab man­ager Karen Boyd with a se­lec­tion of pros­thet­ics.
Pho­to­graph by Jim Irvine EX­PERTS: Max­illo­fa­cial pros­thetist Justyna Kruczyn­ska, left, and lab man­ager Karen Boyd with a se­lec­tion of pros­thet­ics.

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