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Artificial Limbs Limb Loss
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
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. ...Read more
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Can you tell me what the latest technology for prosthesis (artificial limbs) and what website i can refer to?
Depends: For leg prosthesis the latest advances include microprocessor controlled knees. The most advanced of these have accelerometers and gyroscopes to determine where the knee is in space and prevent falls. A good place to start getting information is the Amputee Coalition of America website: http://www.amputee-coalition.org/inmotion/mar_apr_98/pros_primer/page1.html ...Read more
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
Control mechanisms: A lot of recent research has concentrated on finding ways to better control artificial arms. Some researchers are working to use the nerves left in the arm to control the prosthesis (targeted muscle reinnervation- tmr) others on using the brain signals to control the prosthesis. Sounds sci-fi but it is not these days! tmr trained physicians are doing surgeries at various centers in the us. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: If a limb has been lost, all options should be considered. Many factors influence the decision: for example, whether the need is functional or cosmetic. Many people who have lost hands or arms use a functional prosthesis (like a hook) for work but then change to a cosmetic prosthesis for social activities. Prosthetics are an important option to consider in reconstruction. ...Read more
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