Dating after arm amputation

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Prosthetics have a long and fascinating history but current developments in robotic prosthesis are rapidly gaining pace.

From mind-controlled synthetic limbs to ones made from lego, current developments are as varied as the amputees who wield them.

It is estimated that approximately 13% of geriatric patients will die within 30 days of undergoing a LEA.

If a geriatric patient has 4-5 co-morbidities, they are 7 times more likely to die within 30 days of amputation compared to patients with only one comorbidity.

However, the definition of prosthetic success may be at odds with the overall functional success of the geriatric amputee with a prosthesis.

The baseline functional level will provide insight to the potential success of the geriatric amputee with a prosthesis.

Driving whilst using the device is also prohibited.

Current interesting developments include decoding and translating the messages from your brain to move removable robotic prosthetics, as well as others that feed information back to the nervous system to actually 'feel' with it.

Admittedly these are still in their infancy but it will only improve as time goes by.

The future of this field is both exciting and gruesome in equal measures with the inevitable outcome making them fully integrated into your body.

The unique characteristic of the prosthetic: Unlike other advanced prosthetics this one is directly controlled by the wearer's neural activity Availability date/Price: Currently undergoing a year's testing by a patient in Florida The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, in conjunction with DARPA, are currently testing a mind-control robotic prosthetic.

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