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what advancements have been made in the field of artificial limbs?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What kind of surgeon replaces artificial limbs?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Erman answered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Combination: Usually a combination of orthopedic, vascular, and/or neurosurgeon.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What are some positives and negatives of having artificial limbs?

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Dr. Gary Wang
Dr. Gary Wang answered
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 40 years experience
Disadvantage : 1. Psychologically you still know it's artificial. 2. Make you look like and function like more normal, whenever you do not want to. 3, limb stump skin discomfort, even brakes down. 4. Requires you to have appropriate joint range of motion, which needs physical therapy and your effort to put in. 5. You have more chance to fall than just sitting in wheel chair. 6. Needs more energy to spend.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How advanced are todays artificial limbs?

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Dr. Leto Quarles
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Very! :-): There is now an incredible variety of materials, structures, extra add-ons and appearances for artificial (prosthetic) limbs. Some are specially designed for athletics or specific detailed work, while others are made to be very multi-purpose. Some can even interact with the nervous system to follow "commands" from the brain! consult with a prosthetist to learn about options for specific situation.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Could you answer if it is a good idea to have artificial limbs?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Alternative: It would really depend on the condition that a person has and whether or not it is the best alternative for that condition.

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