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In Best of Both World's Picard is shown to have a prosthetic arm.

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Was his real arm removed, or was the prosthetic simply ontop of his real arm/hand? If his hand/arm was removed, does he then have a fake hand/arm for the rest of the series?

NOTE This is not a dupe, the other question does not answer what happened to his arm, and looking at the answer I received they clearly did have an idea to replace his arm.

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It is probably a prosthetic. The prop is almost certainly a prosthetic (I don't think they had the budget to do this with CGI at the time). – zipquincy Jan 8 at 20:39
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@Wikis close, but that has no answers in relation to the arm, while vanja shows they did consider removing it, and ended up not. and my question is specifically about the arm. – Himarm Jan 8 at 20:58
    
Indeed, it's a fair question and the answer is great. However, I consciously selected possible duplicate (of course, I can't select definite duplicate :) ) to give the community an opportunity to decide. – Wikis Jan 8 at 21:20
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In retrospect I think you're right... this great answer could not have appeared via the "duplicate" question. I withdraw my close vote. – Wikis Jan 8 at 21:27
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On AOL chat with Ronald D. Moore from 1997 he is talking about this

Ron, I was looking through some of the sketches from "Best of Both Worlds." They mentioned something about Picard having to have a bionic arm because the Borg cut off his (like in FC). It showed that Data was orginally supposed to break the whole arm off of Locutus. But from what I saw in "BOBW II" it didn't seem like he had one and it was never mentioned. So my question is, does Picard have a bionic arm or did they save his?

"I lobbied for giving Picard a permanent bionic arm, but Rick and Michael wouldn't go for it. Picard's arm is his own.

So I would assume that prosthetic was on top of his real arm

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I lobbied for giving Picard a permanent bionic arm ... that would've been awesome! Too bad they nixxed it. – Martin Carney Jan 8 at 21:31
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AOL chat from almost 20 years ago... talk about a blast from the past – David Grinberg Jan 8 at 21:44
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If Picard lost his real arm to the Borg, couldn't Dr. Crusher have replicated an organic replacement for him after his de-assimilation (instead of sticking with the bionic arm)? -- But I guess that's impossible due to the limited "resolution" of replicators vs. transporters... – tmh Jan 9 at 11:00

He still has his original arm and hand.

At the end of Part 1, Picard's assimilation has already begun, but has not been completed yet. When the crew of the Enterprise first sees him in this state on the Borg cube, we can clearly see that he still has an arm and hand (albeit covered with a glove and sleeve) before the prosthetic has been added:

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During Part 2, we see the Borg continue their assimilation, including a shot of his (uncovered) arm and hand as they are slipping the prosthetic onto him:

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At the end of the episode, we see the prosthetic has been removed:

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That's an interesting observation. Yet, in First Contact there was a scene where we could see a half-assimilated crewman having his forearm removed before getting a cybernetic replacement attached. (Can't find a screencap right now.) I wonder why it was done differently for Picard? – tmh Jan 9 at 10:56
    
Come to think of it, that scene in First Contact also contradicts Seven of Nine's de-assimilation -- she also got both of her arms back (or maybe retained them during her life as a drone). – tmh Jan 9 at 11:13
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@tmh: There is a wide variety of hardware for drones, and not all drones are alike. It stands to reason that not all drones needed that particular appendage, and that not all drones need any appendage at all, and that not all Borg appendages require prior amputation. – Lightness Races in Orbit Jan 9 at 12:15
    
@tmh because the writers knew they would have to unborg Picard at one point ;) – Vahx Jan 9 at 16:21
    
@Vahx I guess, in addition to that, they probably didn't have the budget to show Picard being assimilated like the crewman in First Contact. – tmh Jan 9 at 16:51

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