Transformation in Prosthetic Care

Delivery of prosthetic enhancement is improving the lives of many people by providing quality life to more amputees. There are exciting new technologies that give promising solutions. The next generation ankle systems for amputees have shown excellent improvements in providing power, stability, quality, control, and battery run time (optional). One such is the BIONX empower ankle. These systems have integrated battery design that feels less bulky and greater power delivery. The new techniques have revolutionized the provision of prosthetic care and the perspective of prosthetic foot has speculated a drastic change in the market. The concepts and design made for standardizing prosthetic practice has given new way for prosthetic components and customization of every element of prosthesis. Standardization of structural components has led to increased compatibility of components and has increased the ability to readily mix and match the components. Components that fit into the Otto Bock systems are now being specifically focused by all vendors. Also, the new and improved methods of cosmetic finishing have leveraged the adoption of prosthetic devices across the globe. CAM/CAD production systems have accelerated the rate of development and is being used to their fullest potential in the foot and ankle prosthetic care.

Most of the recent technologies are promising not just the control or sensation but enabling the amputees to manipulate objects though their prosthetic devices with signals from their sense and brain.  There are vendors who focus on providing game-changing features for amputees and are continuously keeping eye on it. Individuals who have undergone osseointegration have a prosthesis directly connected to their residual limb with titanium implants. This offers a possible solution for patient having discomfort. However, it is not for all individuals and does carry increased risk for infection. Most of the researchers and manufacturers are continuously working on prosthetics that have lower risk and high degree of longevity and durability.  Personal hygiene particularly subjected to perspiration must be taken care and the prosthesis is enclosed in a plastic socket. This can cause odor and bacterial formation causing skin problems. Daily care, examination, socket care etc. is necessary for maintaining proper hygiene. Rehabilitation and team work have helped many individuals to engage closely with physicians, prosthetists, and occupational therapist that has helped them to increase mobility and stay independent.

– Mohammed Azhar,
Senior Research Analyst,
Infoholic Research