Michelangelo prosthetic hand

How the Michelangelo works

What you need to know

Advantages for you

The Michelangelo prosthetic hand: Intelligently simple

Michelangelo prosthetic hand user with family

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, such as a can.

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

Prosthetist consulting with hand amputee

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.

Michelangelo prosthetic hand user with flowers


The multiaxial movement pattern minimizes unnatural compensating movements and promotes a healthy, natural body posture.

Michelangelo prosthetic hand user with bees

Rest easy

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

Michelangelo prosthetic hand user with family picnic

Quick change artist

Michelangelo has three position modes, offering 7 grip types—including open palm and a powerful key grip.

Michelangelo prosthetic hand tying shoes

Open new doors

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

AxonSkin prosthetic hand glove colors

Hand in glove

NEW! Now introducing the latest glove option for the Michelangelo Hand, Axon Silicone glove. The Axon Silicone glove offers a more natural look and feel and is available in colors 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Love our Axon SkinNatural PVC glove? Not to worry, it’s is also available, in addition to our visual (translucent) and black gloves.

Michelangelo prosthetic hand rotation

Now with Active Rotation!

NEW! AxonRotation featuring active AND passive rotation. By combining the hand’s seven different grip patterns and automatic thumb positioning with active rotation, there is now greater functionality for the user. Ideal for both unilateral and especially bilateral users. The AxonRotation is programmed for more intuitive and effective use benefitting the user in many ADLs.

Michelangelo prosthetic hook with computer

Precision and Versatility: Introducing the AxonHook

For maximum versatility, precision and power, look for the LATEST addition to the AxonBus Family: the AxonHook. The AxonHook is the perfect complement to the Michelangelo Hand. Offering titanium with Polyurethane coated fingers, the AxonHook is precise and powerful, the perfect companion to the Michelangelo Hand – ready for any technical task.

Grip patterns

Michelangelo lets you grab hold with 7 hand positions!

The Michelangelo has three position modes, offering 7 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:

Functional drawing of a Michelangelo hand prosthesis - adduction

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:

Functional drawing of a Michelangelo hand prosthesis - natural position

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 training How 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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Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

  • How do I get a Michelangelo Hand?

    Talk to your prosthetist about the Michelangelo below elbow prosthesis and if it’s the right solution for you. He or she will also be able to advise you on the fitting of this advanced technology—and explain how it might be paid for by insurers.

    Don’t have a prosthetist? Find a qualified prosthetist near you.

  • Can patients buy directly from Ottobock?

    Except for certain products available at , patients cannot purchase products directly from Ottobock. Ottobock products are generally prescribed by physicians or clinicians, who provide the product to the patient.

    If you’d like to be fit with an Ottobock product, please talk to your physician or clinician (orthotist, prosthetist, therapist, or Rehab Technology Specialist).

    If you have further questions, please call 800 328 4058 and ask for our Consumer Support Specialist.

  • I’m an above the elbow amputee: Can I use Michelangelo?

    Ottobock has recently developed an above-elbow prosthesis system that works with the Michelangelo Hand. Ask your prosthetist if this solution is right for you.

  • Can I ride a bicycle?

    Your ability to ride your bicycle depends on the amputation level and the type of prosthesis you have. The Axon-Bus prosthetic system was developed for everyday use and must not be used for unusual activities, for example, sports with excessive strain and/or shocks to the wrist unit (pushups, downhill, mountain biking) or extreme sports (free climbing, paragliding, etc.). Always refer to the the Instructions for Use manual before wearing your Michelangelo hand.

  • Can I go back to work with my prosthesis?

    Depending on your occupation, you can go back to work with your prosthesis. If your work involves extreme physical strain, you should let your prosthetist know before the pros¬thesis is fabricated, because the type of stress applied to the prosthesis affects the manufacturing of the socket, as well as the selection of components. Various terminal devices, such as the Ottobock System Greifer may be helpful for specific tasks.

  • Can I go swimming with my prosthesis?

    Your everyday prosthesis is not suitable for swimming or taking a shower. Talk to your prosthetist about a specialized swimming prosthesis.

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