Canadian HERO stands for the Canadian Hand Emulation Research Organization which is a non profit Registered Public Charity. Canadian HERO is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people who have suffered a full or partial hand amputation, or have diminished use of one or both hands through either injury or medical condition.

PROSTHETICS... Silicone is quickly becoming the material of choice for the next generation of hand emulation.  The above image is just one example of the realism that can be custom crafted into this type of prosthetic device.  Although currently classified by many government agencies as strictly "cosmetic" devices, which is often not the case, Canadian HERO has been studying the many "functional" applications and advantages of silicone based prosthetic devices.  By helping to protect skin grafts and sensitive areas on residual limbs from the damage that can be caused by sudden impacts and friction, silicone prosthetics can often be the most functional and important device that a person will use.  From performing simple everyday tasks to competing in high level athletics, silicone prosthetic devices have proven to be extremely "functional" and important devices.

MYOELECTRICS... While existing myoelectric devices are targeted towards amputees with above the wrist amputations, Canadian HERO is working towards myoelectric devices for partial hand amputees. Canadian HERO is also working towards improving the function, comfort and endurance of existing myoelectric devices in hopes that future myoelectric hands continually become better devices.  Canadian HERO is also providing financial assistance to those who need to repair an existing myoelectric or need to replace a myoelectric that is beyond repair.

SENSORY BIONICS... will one day replace all of our current prosthetic technologies as we learn to combine mechanical reactions to innate human response. Just image your mind telling your hand to move and your hand actually moving. It often seems silly to non-amputees but it makes a lot of sense to someone who has suffered a hand amputation. Rather than remembering to manipulate the controls of current myoelectric devices and then paying attention to what your hand is doing after grabbing an object, Sensory Bionics offers a freedom to amputees that is not available anywhere else. Canadian HERO will be working towards making sensory bionics a real world option to all amputees as soon as possible.

HAND TRANSPLANTS... are real but currently have major risks associated to them.  Many people find it hard to believe that a heart can be transplanted and often a hand can not, but a hand is actually far more difficult to graft then a heart.  While a heart transplant procedure typically takes between 6 and 8 hours to complete, a Hand Transplant procedure typically takes between 8 and 12 hours to complete.  First the donor and host bones must be attached, then the tendons, the arteries, the nerves and the veins.  In the future, Canadian HERO hopes to make significant advancements in both the surgical procedures used to transplant a donor hand to a new host and more importantly the safety of the anti-rejection medication needed by the host. The current side effects of the anti-rejection medication can include rare forms of cancer within ten years of beginning treatment and because the anti-rejection medication weakens the bodies immune system, even minor infections can cause serious risk to the host.

SKIN GRAFTS... Full Thickness and Split Thickness skin grafts are very frequently performed in hospitals today and are very uncomfortable but most often very safe procedures.

Charitable Registration # 899810907RR0001
Phone: 905.731.9172  Fax: 905.731.5843
155 East Beaver Creek Road, Unit 36
Richmond Hill, Ontario  L4B 2N1

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