Below-elbow prosthesis with Michelangelo

How the Michelangelo works

What you need to know

Advantages for you

The Michelangelo hand: Intelligently simple

Natural movement

The Michelanglelo’s thumb, index and middle fingers are actively driven, while the ring and pinky passively follow the other fingers—and can support objects from below, with different shaped formats.

The fingertips are made of a combination of soft and hard materials to allow real precision when grasping objects.

Thumb’s up!

Michelangelo is the first thumb in the world that can be positioned electronically. While most hands have only a single drive unit to control the gripping action, the Michelangelo has a second thumb drive unit to allow you to position the thumb with myoelectric controls.


The Michelangelo hand, with its flexible wrist and lateral mode (key grip, etc.), allows you to grasp objects without having to take on unnatural positions with your shoulder and back. This helps keep the rest of you healthy, too.

Rest easy

The hand returns to a natural rest position when not being actively used.

Quick change artist

Michelangelo has three position modes, offering seven grip types—including open palm and a powerful key grip.

Open new doors

The oval AxonWrist flexes, extends, and rotates for the most natural acting wrist function available.

Hand in glove

The AxonSkin prosthetic glove comes in six colors. Made out of multiple layers of PVC, the glove keeps out dust and dirt and matches the natural skin structure down to knuckles and veins.

A translucent glove is also available to highlight Michelangelo’s unique design.

Grip patterns

Michelangelo lets you grab hold with seven hand positions!

The Michelangelo has three position modes, offering seven grip types—including open palm—as well as a neutral position and the most natural wrist action available.

Lateral mode:

Thumb moves sideways to index finger

Opposition mode:

Thumb moves towards a tripod pinch with the index and middle fingers

Finger abduction/adduction mode:

The only prosthetic hand in the world to have powered abduction/adduction. Regardless of thumb position, the fingers themselves help you to hold several flat, thin objects, such as credit cards, between the fingers.

Neutral mode:

Thumb and fingers return to a relaxed, natural position when not actively being used

The mechanical AxonWrist can be flexed, extended and rotated, but it really stands out in its flexible mode, where it takes on the appearance of a relaxed wrist joint. It helps to prevent unnatural compensating movements while keeping your posture healthy. The wrist can also be rotated and locked at 24 points in 15 degree increments—and can also be locked at various angles of flexion and extension.


The right therapy is essential

The right therapy is critical for success with the Michelangelo Hand and it’s important that you work closely with your therapy team, which may include your prosthetist, a physical or occupational therapist, your doctor—and even your family and friends.

For the best outcome, prosthesis training is divided into three phases that build on each other:

Controls training Therapy aimed and helping you learn how to control the prosthesis.

Repetitive drills Exercises to be repeated until using the hand become second nature.

ADL trainingHow to use the prosthesis to its best advantage for everyday activities.

To find out more about therapy, please visit our Info for upper limb amputees pages.


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