There are currently more than 2 million people in the United States that are living with an upper limb reduction.
The CDC estimates that, each year, approximately 1,500 babies in the United States alone, are born with upper limb reductions. The upper and lower limb reductions occur when a part of, or even the entire arm (upper limb) or leg (lower limb) of a fetus fails to form completely during pregnancy. This is referred to as a “limb reduction” because a limb is reduced from its normal size or is missing.
In addition, other forms or limb impairment may occur from an amputation, which is a surgical or traumatic separation of a limb or appendage from the body. It is estimated that one out of every two hundred individuals in the United States has had an amputation of some form. However, traumatic amputations are unplanned and result from some type of accidental injury. At least 30,000 traumatic amputations occur in the United States every year.
For many people in need of a prosthetic, it is simply impossible to obtain one. In the United States you can expect to pay around $5,000 for a cosmetic prosthetic, up to $10,000 for a functional prosthetic with a hook, and between $20,000 to $100,000 for the latest myoelectric arm technology. You can easily see how these prices are simply outside the realm of possibility for many families, especially children, who may quickly outgrow their prosthetic.
For many families the cost is just unfeasible, particularly when a family has a young child that will need multiple prosthetics as they continue to grow and mature.
This is where Creation Station comes in. We provide a custom fit prosthetic absolutely free of charge, and then continue to work with families as their needs change and develop.