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Prosthesis (Overview)

A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical leg, arm, or eye.


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What is prosthesis?

What is prosthesis?

Man made: Man made device. Prosthetic eye, prosthetic leg for examples. ...Read more

Prosthesis (Overview)

A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical leg, arm, or eye.


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How can total artificial disc prosthesis help?

How can total artificial disc prosthesis help?

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

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Could you tell me about hand prosthesis, how successful is it and is hand transplntation successful?

Could you tell me about hand prosthesis, how successful is it and is hand transplntation successful?

Very good: Hand prosthesis technology has continued to improve and they are very useful functioning to assist the remaining hand. Hand transplantation is still experimental but joining a research study is an option for someone that is very motivated. See the following website for details: http://www. Hopkinsmedicine. Org/transplant/programs/reconstructive_transplant. ...Read more

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Is hip-resurfacing with a burmingham prosthesis more effective than full joint replacement?

Is hip-resurfacing with a burmingham prosthesis more effective than full joint replacement?

Resurfacing vs total: In general, a resurfacing is reserved for better bonestock to limit femoral neck fracture. It tends to preserve more bone. A total hip has excellent long term track record. Ask your orthopedic surgeon regarding their experience and recommendations, which mean a lot. ...Read more

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What complications might someone with a prosthesis have?

What complications might someone with a prosthesis have?

Depends: It depends on the kind of prosthesis you are talking about. Prosthesis is a general term for devices that replace parts of the body so you could be talking about arms, legs, teeth, etc. Complications will vary depending on the kind of prosthesis. ...Read more

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How can I avoid phantom pain with my new prosthesis?

How can I avoid phantom pain with my new prosthesis?

Use it: The best way that I know of is to use the prosthesis. With time, the brain will reorganize it's 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

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Fit 54 y, hip replacement, 12 weeks post: increased disability/pain; pain on change of position; abnormal painful walking. Prosthesis placement good?

Fit 54 y, hip replacement, 12 weeks post: increased disability/pain; pain on change of position; abnormal painful walking. Prosthesis placement good?

Don't Know: Worsening symptoms 3 months after a hip replacement can mean anything from simply overdoing it in rehab or having inadequate rehab to having an infection. You should be evaluated by your surgeon. ...Read more

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What happens to the hip replacement prosthesis when a person is cremated?

What happens to the hip replacement prosthesis when a person is cremated?

THA: Depending upon absolute temperature. The poly/plastic melts, the ceramic usually will crack, the meltal may be left intact for the most part. ...Read more

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What is prosthesis?

Man made: Man made device. Prosthetic eye, prosthetic leg for examples. ...Read more

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How will a prosthesis stay on?

See below: This depends on what body part the prothesis is for. Most arm/leg prosthetics rely on a custom harness, a suction interface, or a sleeve with interlocking pin. ...Read more

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How long will a prosthesis last?

How long will a prosthesis last?

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

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How can total artificial disc prosthesis help?

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

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What is the latest technology for a prosthesis?

What is the latest technology for a prosthesis?

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

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What is the definition or description of: prosthesis?

See below: A prosthesis is an artificial substitute for a missing part of the body. Examples would be an artifical leg, arm, or eye. ...Read more

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What complications might someone with a prosthesis have?

Depends: It depends on the kind of prosthesis you are talking about. Prosthesis is a general term for devices that replace parts of the body so you could be talking about arms, legs, teeth, etc. Complications will vary depending on the kind of prosthesis. ...Read more

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What must I do if I have a wound where they attach my prosthesis?

What must I do if I have a wound where they attach my prosthesis?

Get it checked out.: A stump wound should not be left alone. Get in to see a wound specialist or wound care center. You may have to forego your prosthesis while this is healing depending on where the wound is located. ...Read more

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How long should a person wait before considering having a prosthesis?

How long should a person wait before considering having a prosthesis?

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

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What are some harmful things about prosthesis if doing ok with crutches?

What are some harmful things about prosthesis if doing ok with crutches?

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

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Should I consider a testicular prosthesis?

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

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Can it painful to wear a cosmesis prosthesis?

No: For a limb prosthesis the cosmetic cover goes over the regular prosthesis and is only for improving the look of the prosthesis. If you refer to other type of prosthesis others will have to weigh in. ...Read more

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How expensive is it to get a cosmesis prosthesis?

How expensive is it to get a cosmesis prosthesis?

Depends: The price will vary with what you are replacing: an eye, a limb, breast enlargement, implants for the chin, cheek or buttock, etc. These are generally cosmetic and will not be covered by insurance. Ask the cosmetic surgeon what his /her price schedule is. ...Read more

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Can everyone successfully use a cosmesis prosthesis?

Can everyone successfully use a cosmesis prosthesis?

Yes: If you refer to an arm or leg prosthesis that is only used for cosmesis then yes. If it is going to be used for other purposes then a lot of factors play a role in successful use. ...Read more

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Is a lifelike cosmesis prosthesis worth the extra cost?

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

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Is exercise important before getting a cosmesis prosthesis?

Depends: If you already have another prosthesis it should not feel any different (i am assuming you are talking about a limb prosthesis). If this will be the main prosthesis and you have no experience using them physical therapy is useful. ...Read more

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Why would some people choose not to use a cosmesis prosthesis?

It varies.: If you are talking about leg or arm prosthetics some people choose to wear them without a cosmetic cover because it does not add to the function of the prosthesis and not having a cover makes it easier to adjust them as necessary. ...Read more

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What are the options available when choosing a cosmesis prosthesis?

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

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How would one care for the skin that is in contact with the prosthesis?

How would one care for the skin that is in contact with the prosthesis?

Protect it: Cover it with a padding or protect it from the prosthesis. Otherwise, over time you will get a significant "scar" or callus of the area. ...Read more