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LATEST RESEARCH IN PROSTHETICS - BEYOND AMPUTATIONS

The field of prosthetics is continuously evolving. The need for state of the art technology led to its expansion to other body parts. These include areas of the body other than the limbs. Many recent advancements helped to treat various conditions.


1. Prosthetic of the Transcatheter Mitral Valve


The most recent advancement in the field of prosthetics is the approval of a U.S. patent. This prosthetic helps in repairing the natural heart valve of the patient. This prosthetic will help to prevent the mitral valve regurgitation. The prosthetic consists of:

  • Atrial skirt

  • Linkage of the atrial skirt to the atrial part of the prosthetic

  • Ventricular skirt

  • Linkage of the ventricular skirt to the ventricular part of the prosthetic

  • A region between both of these skirts

  • An anchor that helps in the placement of the prosthetic heart valve in the actual heart of the patient


2. Mesh Prosthetics


The development of the U.S. patent device is another advancement in this field. The approval of this patent was in 2018. This prosthetic is of mesh type. This mesh has self-adhering properties and is easily implantable. This type of prosthetics helps to heal tissues and repair the defects in them.

The sutures help to fix the mesh prosthetic on the site of injury with the help of sutures. It allows the mesh to adhere to the tissue. Moisture activates the mesh and makes it sticky.


3. The Prosthetic that Restores the Sensations


It is one of the next-generation prosthetics. This type of prostheses helps to restore the sensations and feelings of hand. This device can help the patient to assume the shape, position, and size of the object.


The sensations are very close to natural feelings. Stimulation of the nerve endings is the mechanism with which the prosthetic works.


4. Expandable Prosthetics


The latest advancement in the field of prosthetics is an implantable device. This invention helps in the improved engagement of the vertebral column. These vertebral columns can expand and contract depending upon the patient's movement.


The implant allows the vertebrae to engage in a predetermined alignment. This type of prosthetics is specifically useful in patients with spinal cord injuries.


The research in the field of prosthetics depends on the demand by patients. Technologies will continue to rise to base their research on robotics and aeronautical engineering. The primary aim is to make artificial limbs that will resemble the amputated limbs.


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