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What can be done with the emotional trauma after limb loss?

What can be done with the emotional trauma after limb loss?

See your psychiatrist: Emotional anxiety, depression, are very common after a limb loss. You need to find professional help to help you medically deal with this traumatic event.

Dr. Jack Tsao
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Artificial Limbs (Definition)

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

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

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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Can you tell me what the latest technology for prosthesis (artificial limbs) and what website i can refer to?

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

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What are the most recent accomplishments in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

What are the most recent accomplishments in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

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.

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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.

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What are some positives and negatives of having artificial limbs?

What are some positives and negatives of having artificial limbs?

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.

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Are artificial limbs a hot topic for reconstructive surgery?

Are artificial limbs a hot topic for reconstructive surgery?

Of course!!!: That is a phenomenal area of interest with dr todd kuiken and dr dumanian conducting ground breaking research at northwestern u. However dna ressearch and homeobox gene theory hold the promise of regenerating limbs like a lizard can re-grow its tail after being severed.

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Are artificial limbs procedures part of reconstructive surgery?

Yes ; No: Part of reconstructive surgery, not necessarily a part of plastic ; reconstructive surgery. Orthotics is the speciality of artificial limbs. A plastic surgeon or hand surgeon may be called upon to prepare the limb for the proper fitting of an orthotic.

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Are artificial limbs part of the discussion for reconstructive surgery?

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.

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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.

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Can you tell me which advancements have been made in the field of amputations and artificial limbs?

Robotic limbs: There are both advances in both live donor and robotic amputation replacement surgery. Robotic replacement is so far more functionally advanced with a more useable limb and more predictability. Donor limbs have limited function and unpredictable results requiring life long immunosuppression. Both are still however in their infancy stages.

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Is it possible for loss of circulation in a limb to require an amputation?

Is it possible for loss of circulation in a limb to require an amputation?

Yes.: Not enough circulation causes death of muscle tissue, when the muscle dies, it will not 'heal' and is a feeding ground for infections, causing sepsis. It is an emergency to cut the extremity before the body and organs are compromised by this infection.

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I need some tips on how to help someone deal with a loss of a limb?

I need some tips on how to help someone deal with a loss of a limb?

Seek therapy!: Losing a limb is like losing a very personal dream. Usually, the best way to deal with such a loss, is to talk about it with others, become active, and even go back to work. Most people need professional help to develop the motivation to rehabilitate physically and emotionally. In my opinion, this person needs to seek a good therapist or counselor.

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Could severe blood loss prevent the limbs and joints from getting blood?

Could severe blood loss prevent the limbs and joints from getting blood?

They get less blood: perfusion but blood still does flow, just in a much less amount to the extremities. If the loss was enough to prevent any flow, then there are much more serious concerns than the limbs......

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Can abilify (aripiprazole) cause permanent muscle mass loss and lost of coordination with limbs?

Can abilify (aripiprazole) cause permanent muscle mass loss and lost of coordination with limbs?

Discuss w/ Dr!!!: There are reports of muscle stiffness or rigidness but long term loss is different - definitely talk w/ Dr about your concerns. Your worry might become a problem if you don't learn to ask ?s whenever you get a Rx and knowing how to get the best benefits. I'd urge you to seek a good health psychologist for mgmt of medical issues - health anxiety.

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Limb Loss (Definition)

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