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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. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Tsao
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Artificial Limbs (Definition)

Artificial limbs are prosthetic devices for the arms or legs used to assist ...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?

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

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Extremity (Definition)

Is appendage or body part that extends from the main body, such as arms or ...Read more


Dr. Marlis Gonzalez-Fernandez
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Limb Loss (Definition)

Limb loss, also called amputation, is when a limb is loss due ...Read more