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Depends: It really depends on how it is used and how old the patient is. If the patient is elderly and relatively sedentary, one prosthesis may last a lifetime. For a younger patient who is active, plays sports etc, they may need replacements every 5 years or so. Often there is remodeling of the residual limb so that a first prosthesis may not fit well after several months and will need to be revised. ...Read more
Keeps motion: The benefits of successful disk replacement include preservation of motion of the spine, no stress on the adjacement disk spaces, and avoidance of fusion. They are not for every patient and there are some pretty strict guidelines as to when they are useful. See a surgeon who does them often with great experience in this surgery. ...Read more
Arms, Legs?: If you are talking about new technology for arm or leg prosthesis then the most recent work was developing an arm that can move as a normal arm. The technology exists now (recently featured in cnn: http://www.Cnn. Com/video/#/video/international/2013/04/29/aom-art-movement-glass-bionic-arm. Cnn). Current research is on figuring out better ways for amputees to be able to control these devices. ...Read more
Months: It is best to wait months before being fitted for a prosthesis. The reason for this is to allow the leg "stump" swelling to go down completely and to allow the stable long-term stump shape to form. Stump shrinker socks are great for this. Otherwise, the prosthesis mold will not fit properly and not work. Plus, it is not cheap to be refitted! ...Read more
See below: Learning to walk with a prosthesis takes time and practice. You cannot just strap one on and expect to walk safely. Most people do fine with a prosthesis. Some people do not do well because of pain in the residual limb. Some people get blisters or other skin breakdown. These are usually fixable problems. Some people with heart conditions may not do well with a prosthesis due to the extra effort. ...Read more
Personal Decision: A testicular prosthesis is an implant used to replace a removed or missing testicle. Physically, it does not affect the body or the function either way. Psychologically and emotionally, some men feel better or more "normal" with the prosthesis. Some men are also concerned about not looking "normal" to their partners or others. ...Read more
Personal decision: That is a judgment call and personal preference. Some people walk around with spaces between their teeth, chips, stained and crooked teeth, while others seek perfection and that "hollywood smile". It's like asking how much should an individual spend for a car? ...Read more
Not many: I assume you are concerned about an artificial eye. These are made by ocularists, specialists in this field, who make a plastic matching eye to the normal eye which really in most cases looks amazingly lifelike and the same. The only option is the construction with the insertion of a motility peg — something probably not very useful with some downsides. Discuss this with your surgeon ...Read more
No: It is revealed in x-rays, but does not set off the metal detectors. ...Read more
Use it: The best way that I know of is to use the prosthesis. With time, the brain will reorganize its sensory representation of the amputated body part and reset itself. Sometimes people will have pain associated with use of the prosthesis. This is not the same as phantom limb pain but can be due to a sharp edge in the cut bone, poor soft tissue coverage and a collection of nerves called a neuroma. ...Read more
Stents commonly used: A stent, currently stainless steel, over a balloon is expanded during the last angioplasty balloon inflation to help hold the plaque away from the opening. However, the stent is also a foreign object, generates a foreign body reaction & is very clot formation promoting. Thus, anti-clotting agents & coating on stents to reduce tissue growth are used to decrease these. Better: tx disease drivers. ...Read more
None I hope: I would hope that your physician and the prosthesis maker would provide you with the information you need. I am not an expert at all on this subject. My common sense concerns would be ulcers at the stump with a poorly fitting prosthesis and balance issues if it is a leg or foot prosthesis. ...Read more
No: Most women want to look normal in clothes. In the long run, reconstruction is less of a nuisance. ...Read more
Can you reverse a hip girdlestone procedure? Meaning trying to put back the hip prosthesis after more than a year from the girdlstone procedure.
The longer you wait the more challenging.
If the girdlestone was for an infection, be sure the infection is cleared.
Bone quality can sometimes be a problem. ...Read more
Here are some...: Any surgery is the last resort of care to help restore the impaired function for any organs like those for hips, coronary artery disease, heart valve disorders, etc.; so is penile prosthesis for erectile dysfunction. After penile prosthesis-implant, you have to be willing & learn how to operate the device with realistic expectation from you & sex partner. More? Ask urologist timely. ...Read more
Depends: The type of prosthesis depends on the level where the leg was amputated. Most prosthesis nowadays are modular so the higher up on the leg the more components are added. So there are toe fillers, prosthetic feet/ankle systems, knees, hips etc. a socket (the part where the residual limb fits into) is custom fabricated to prevent skin breakdown. ...Read more