This new technology, known as “Osseointegrated Prosthesis” is ground breaking for amputees. Lifeless prosthetics are soon to be a thing of the past, as you’ll learn after watching this incredible doctor at work in the video.
While many of you watching this may well be fortunate enough not to need this surgery, it’s a good bet you know someone out there using an old prosthetic who does. How amazing this is for leg amputees who want to be able to go for a hike in the woods or a run on the beach — maybe even drive a regular car again someday (while the tech isn’t this far yet, it isn’t inconceivable.) How about those who’ve lost an arm and want to ride a bike or do some pushups, etc.
Here’s an excerpt detailing how it works and different applications it can be used for:
Osseointegration is a method for anchoring different kinds of prostheses directly to the bone. Swedish Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark developed the method in the 1960s, when he discovered that titanium is not rejected by the body but instead integrates with the surrounding bone tissue. The discovery was initially used for the prosthetic replacement of teeth. Today, osseointegration is also used for leg, arm, hand, thumb and facial prosthetics, as well as the anchorage of hearing aids.
In a world that’s ever-evolving when it comes to new technology, we’re not far away from Terminator-like robots roaming the Earth either!
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