Adhesives


t2-prosthetics are designed to work as well as possible with adhesives

  • Soft and flexible, the prostheses squish and bend easily so that your movements don't work against the glue bond.
  • The attachment U-plate design allows for air circulation (cooling and evaporation), and for the entire prosthesis to move without moving the attachment plate 
  • Light weight
  • Made from professional medical use silicones: no oily additives (oil stops the bond)

 

 

See terms and conditions for t2 prosthetics Adhesive Disclaimers



Problems reported with use of adhesives


Medical adhesives work very well for most - but not for everyone. For some, it ends up “gooey“, rather than “tacky“, and does not stick at all - and just leaves a gooey mess.


Also, some find adhesive too unreliable.



Factors that influence the adhesive bond of silicone based medical adhesives include:

  • Design and materials of the prosthetic
  • Sweat (even if advertised as “not effected by perspiration”, sweat does affect the glue bond.)
  • Weather
  • Activity
  • Oil from the skin or from creams
  • Current pH level of the skin


Note: If your skin is wet or damp when you apply the prosthesis, it will not adhere to the skin. In the case of high humidity or sweating – be certain to wipe the sky dry before applying the prosthesis, and check for proper adhesion a few minutes later as you may need to re-apply.

 

Water though, does not lessen the glue bond - swimming is no problem at all.



For other options besides using adhesive, see Attachment Methods




 

Adhesive Recommendations

 


Hollister Medical Adhesive (Stock No. 7730)

Pros
  • No smell and no health warnings
  • In many countries, it can be bought at your pharmacy
  • For most, it leaves very little or no residue on the skin and hair
  • Relatively inexpensive
Cons
  • In a spray can, which is too big to slip into a pocket.

 

Secure Brand Medical Adhesive - ‘extra strength thick’ from factor2

Pros

  • Comes in small jars - convenient
  • Some people have reported this to be stronger than the Hollister (most didn’t notice any difference)
Cons

  • In many countries, difficult to order and expensive postage
  • Mixed with a solvent which has a strong chemical smell when drying, and breathing in the vapours is to be avoided
  • Evaporates very fast. Eventually you will need to buy the thin version of the adhesive to use as a thinning agent (see tips below*)


 

*If you choose the Secure Brand, a few tips:

1. Keep the bottles closed tight to avoid evaporation.

2. When the glue becomes too thick to easily and evenly spread over the plates, add some of the thinner to it and leave it to settle. They will mix on their own.

3. For easy opening, wipe a very thin layer of Vaseline (petroleum jelly) around the threads of the bottles.

4. Contact with oils and grease lessen the effect of the glue. Be sure to never get any Vaseline on the bottles or on the brushes.

 



Solvent / Adhesive Remover



Soap, warm water and a bit of rubbing work best to remove adhesive residue from the skin and hair.


To remove the adhesive build up from the prosthesis plate, you can simply cut it off with scissors when it becomes thick.


Success with the following two products has been reported :


Pro Bond Solvent (Poduct code B-608-1  from Factor2.com)

Hollister Adhesive Remover 7731



How to buy


Secure Brand from Factor2 and Hollister 7730 are widely available online.

In many countries, Hollister 7730 can be ordered over the counter from a pharmacist.

Solvent / removers can be purchased where adhesives are purchased.