At MCOP, we’re always staying up with the latest breakthroughs related to prosthetics, sockets, and the materials used to build them. One of the biggest and most recent breakthroughs in the field of prosthetic silicone technology is what’s known as HTV (high-temperature vulcanisation) silicone, otherwise known as “rolled silicone”.
This type of material is developed through a specialized vulcanization process that involves curing the silicone in a high-pressure autoclave oven container to vastly increase its strength.
While rolled silicone has been used to build prosthetics since the 90s, that usage has been somewhat limited because it often requires specialized equipment and highly-skilled professionals to prepare it for prosthetic usage. Because of the complexity associated with making silicone sockets, the team at MCOP has spent years investing in the proper equipment, staff, and training to produce these materials in-house.
Here, you’ll find an insightful overview of rolled silicone’s benefits for different types of amputees, as well as the exciting future possibilities it brings to the world of prosthetic silicone sockets.
Rolled silicone is becoming an increasingly popular material for the many different types of amputees we see here at MCOP, and that’s in large part due to the many unique benefits it provides over other materials.
Some of the unique benefits of rolled silicone sockets include:
In addition to these features, rolled silicone is also hypoallergenic, easy to clean, and doesn’t deteriorate over time like flexible plastic alternatives do. No wonder it’s such a hit with our clients!
At the end of the day, we know that prosthetic socket design all comes down to ensuring optimal comfort and safety. Even though rolled silicone sockets for prosthetic devices is an underutilized technology when compared to other types of sockets, there are still many levels of amputees who could benefit from the improvements associated with rolled silicone sockets.
That’s why the team at MCOP is currently developing a standardized process to introduce this exciting new technology to our growing number of above-knee and below-knee clients, in addition to our hip disarticulation, upper-extremity, and numerous other types of amputees. There are a lot of promising things currently available, and even more exciting advancements coming in the future!
If you’re curious what services and insights we can provide in relation to rolled silicone sockets (or any other types of sockets!), feel free to contact us today, or stop in and see us at any of our locations around the country!