Robotic prosthetic limbs boon for amputees

The old-style prosthetic limbs were quite helpful but the newly developed robotic prosthetic limbs are a real boon for amputees. These limbs appear real because of the same skin tone, furthermore they work through bio-sensors sensing signals from one’s muscular or nervous system for performing a particular task.

Amit Bhanti, Global CEO, Comprehensive Prosthetics and Orthotics (CPO), a global premium provider of prosthetics and orthotics informed, “Unlike the prosthetic body parts that hardly helped people in making their lives easier, newer materials like advanced plastics, carbon-fibre composites and electronic technology make today’s advanced prosthetics more controllable and even capable of automatically adapting their functions to certain tasks.”

20-yr-old Fredrick Verghese had lost both his hands in a train mishap. Even after prosthetic arms were attached to his elbow joints, he required assistance in doing daily chores like eating or drinking and required assistance. His parents consulted a surgeon and on his advice Fredrick got robotic-advanced prosthetic hands. Post this, life changed for him. He said, “It seems I have been blessed with a second life. The robotic prosthetic arms made me become independent. The previous prosthetic arms hardly made any difference.”

The World Health Organization (WHO) states that on a yearly basis, around 2 million robotic prosthetic body part replacements are performed worldwide. In India, this latest technology is gaining huge popularity. Medical experts report that the cost of robotic prosthetic limbs is somewhere between Rs.40, 000 to Rs.100, 000 and there are chances that the prices would get low with the increased use.

Rajeev Sharma, a joints replacement surgeon and Orthopedist at Apollo Hospital informs that robotic prosthetic replacements are not only helpful but add courage and confidence in the life of people. However, little awareness about the availability is a problem in India. He added, “We are trying to bring this awareness and comfort in the lives of our patients, so that the rehabilitation process returns them their mobility and the quality of their life.”

Vivek Lohania, chief of joints replacement at a popular hospital said, “The prosthetics are made of different types of material. And just like any material if it is bent or abused, it will have the tendency to break.” He feels that while robotic prosthetic body parts very beneficial for patients but it is necessary that they should be used properly. He added, “There are no general guidelines because each patient will have a unique set of instructions for the prosthetic device. Each individual device has its own care and usage guidelines to be adhered to.”

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