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What usually happens the prosthetic limbs and implants after death?

What usually happens the prosthetic limbs and implants after death?

Buried or recycled.: If a person is buried, the implant(s) are buried with them. If they are cremated, the metal is recycled. Cremation rates have increased from 5% to 30% in this country. Implants are not destroyed by the 1800 degree heat. The metal is collected and recycled. Artificial limbs may be buried with the patient or donated for refurbishing and recycling. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
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Prosthetics (Definition)

Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as ...Read more


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What happens the prosthetic limbs after death?

What happens the prosthetic limbs after death?

Depends: If the prosthesis is in good shap it can be reused if the original owner or family have provided for this. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get used to prosthetic limbs?

How long does it take to get used to prosthetic limbs?

Use prosthetic limb.: It depends, from several months to several years. The more you use the more you get used. ...Read more

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What are precautions for those who have prosthetic limbs?

What are precautions for those who have prosthetic limbs?

Percautions: 1. Keep functional range of motion of the joints above the prosthesis. 2. Local skin care. Keep no breakdown. 3. Appropriate distribution of weight over the weight bearing site. 4. Keep appropriate muscle strength and endurance through exercise and using the limb it self. Prosthetic limb should use routinely. The more you use, the more you feel comfortable. ...Read more

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Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Is a diabetic double amputee overweight a good candidate for prosthetic limbs?

Depends : The level of amputation is most important as the higher the amputation the more difficult it is to walk with the prosthesis. Diabetes by itself is not a problem if controlled. Foot care is crucial to prevent amputation of the other leg. Weight might limit the options an amputee has as prosthetic components have weight limits. Inability to tolerate exercise is another limiting factor. ...Read more

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Articles on futuristic prosthetic limbs? Heard there are some inexpensive and smart devices out there now.

Internet : Look on the internet for articles. They are becoming smarter but less expensive is relative. A good computerized arm prostheses can be several hundreds of thousands of dollars. ...Read more

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Do prosthetic limbs interact with bone and muscles?

Do prosthetic limbs interact with bone and muscles?

Yes: Some of the new upper extremity prosthesis are designed to get signals from nerves and muscles. Often surgery is needed to establish the connections. ...Read more

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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

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Implant (Definition)

An implant is a medical device manufactured to replace a missing biological structure, support a damaged biological structure, or enhance an existing biological structure. Medical implants are man-made devices, in contrast to a transplant, which is ...Read more


Extremity (Definition)

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