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Doctor insights on: Artificial Limb Manufacturers

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Are artificial valves better than animal valves for replacement operations?

Are artificial valves better than animal valves for replacement operations?

Depends: Not a straightforward answer since it would depend on the valve needing replacement, the degree of injury, and type of valve to be used. Often mechanical valves need longer and more intense anti-coagulation to keep them going. Best to discuss options with the cardiac surgery team contemplating the procedure. ...Read more

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How advanced are todays artificial limbs?

How advanced are todays artificial limbs?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any sites where people will donate unused artificial limbs for reconstructive surgery?

Are there any sites where people will donate unused artificial limbs for reconstructive surgery?

Artificial limbs: What a generous and wonderful question. I suggest contacting doc 2 dock. This is an organization run by dr. Bruce charash, a physician who transports medical supplies to countries where the need is the greatest. Their website is www.Doc2dock.Org. ...Read more

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What materials are artificial joints made of?

What materials are artificial joints made of?

Many things: Total joints can be made out of various metals including stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, or titanium, and the inserts are made out of these metals, or plastic, or ceramics. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Are artificial sweeteners safe?

Yes: There was some controversy about saccharin in relation to a laboratory study in which very high levels caused bladder tumors in rats. Most other sweeteners have an excellent safety profile.. A few have objections for various reasons to aspartame. But sucralose and others seem totally fine. ...Read more

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Are artificial sweetners safe for diabetics ?

Are artificial sweetners safe for diabetics ?

Artificial Sweetener: Yes. They are. It is interesting that if you try to lose weight, they have not really panned out as the answer. If you would like to read more on this you can read "empty pleasures" by de la pena or you can read about each sweetener in my blog: www.Drjameslong.Com/blog. Look under "artificial sweeteners.". ...Read more

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Are lubricating artificial tears without preservative safe to use?

Are lubricating artificial tears without preservative safe to use?

Yes: Non preserved artificial tears are often recommended for the treatment of dry eyes in individuals who are sensitive to preservatives. There use can be very frequent (every 30' or so) due to low surface irritation side effects. Just as with any eye drop medication, avoid contamination of the dropper tip. Non preserved drops last generally 1 day, & are best refrigerated in between uses to protect. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of using artificial joints over transplants?

What are the advantages of using artificial joints over transplants?

Immune system: Transplants from other people will invariably trigger rejection reaction on the part of the recipient due to difference in the antigen make up between the donor and the recipient. Artificial joints are made out of metal and contain no protein and hence no antigen stimulation will occur. This doesn't necessitate life long immunosuppression as in transplant surgeries. ...Read more

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Are there documented cases of death caused by artificial sweeteners? Or at least a strong connection to the artificial sweeteners?

Are there documented cases of death caused by artificial sweeteners? Or at least a strong connection to the artificial sweeteners?

Your preference: They're all about the same. Depends upon your preference as to taste. Some cannot be used in baking. There have been no deaths or even hints of deaths due to artificial sweeteners. Don't get your medical information from friends, tv or the internet. You didn't actually believe people had died from artificial sweeteners did you? ...Read more

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How expensive are prosthetic limbs?

How expensive are prosthetic limbs?

Can be: Expensive depending on what limb and how high tech the need will be. There is a wide range from the low thousands to the multi thousands ...Read more

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Is the fda planning on approving the implantable insulin pump or artificial pancreas soon?

Is the fda planning on approving the implantable insulin pump or artificial pancreas soon?

Being studied: The artificial pancreas is still being studies. Probably the first form that will be approved will be a pump that automatically turns off if the glucose sensor detects a low blood sugar. ...Read more

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

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

Go to WebMD: This topic is beyond the scope of this forum. We only have 400 characters. ...Read more

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Night glares+starbursts worsened even after using artificial tears.Anti-glare glasses - no help.Eye power perfect.Not cataract/glaucoma. Cause/remedy?

Night glares+starbursts worsened even after using artificial tears.Anti-glare glasses - no help.Eye power perfect.Not cataract/glaucoma. Cause/remedy?

Incipient cataract : Early lens changes typically cause glare and star bursts .However, at age 30 corneal pathology can cause visual symptoms. Tears are a treatment for dry eye but not a cure. Superficial punctuate keratitis seen in dry eye is rarely eliminated by artificial tears alone. Anti glare glasses may reduce visual symptoms due to ocular pathology but minimally. ...Read more

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Why would people use artificial sweeteners?

Why would  people use artificial sweeteners?

Too lose weight: And it does not work! more and more studies are showing a correlation between using artificial sweetener and increased weight...They might be making you crave more sweets and food....Just a theory, no proof. ...Read more

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Best preservative free artificial tears for people with blepharitis ?

Best preservative free  artificial tears for people with blepharitis ?

Preservative free: This response is specific for the person and their specific underlying cause or reason for using artificial tears. In my experience the most success is with refresh advanced, retain MGD, refresh celluvisc, md Bion tears. I have had a lot of success with recommending Systane Balance although it has preservatives. Once again it depends on your underlying reason for using artificial tears. ...Read more

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Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Have scientists found total knee replacement options, other than traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Depending on the nature of the condition, there are several options. Cartilage repair surgery continues to develop for early knee damage. For more significant involvement of 1 side or compartment of the knee, a partial knee replacement may relieve pain and restore function. If the knee has severe damage, a total knee replacement is indicated. ...Read more

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Are there any dangers with teeth whitening procidures ?

Are there any dangers with teeth whitening procidures ?

Dental supervised: Dental supervised teeth bleaching is monitored by the dentist, both in the duration of time and concentration of the bleach for the desired results. Over the counter materials, while at a lower concentration of peroxide are not monitored and can result in over use. ...Read more

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What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?

What changes were made since 2008 in terms of medicare, medicaid & hmo/ppo insurance reimbursements of dme, mobility, bath safety & orthopedic items?

This is a great: Question and ive tried to do some searching to give a concise answer but i cannot find a study that isolates this data. If you go to cms website and drill down to search the term dme http://www.Cms.Gov/site-search/search-results.Html?Q=dme you see how hard it is to give a quick answer, ( have you read an article in hfn or elsewhere that gives this data? If so please share. ...Read more