What are the Pros and Cons of Bionic Limbs?

Currently, around 57.7 million people are living with limb amputation due to various traumatic causes globally. Such a large number is a substantial medical and economic problem. Amputations have a devastating impact on a patient's health and produce psychological distress with consequential financial loss.

These patients face extreme difficulties in their social life and are reintroduced to their workplaces during the post-amputation period. They are emotionally vulnerable and feel the prosthesis as a foreign body (low embodiment), hindering their everyday life. This is a considerable gap, and therefore, it is essential to provide new prosthetic solutions that are more efficient and readily accepted/embodied by patients.

The prosthesis is an essential aspect of orthopedic practice since traffic accidents, tumors, and especially diabetes are widely present, and these patients often damage limbs. Prostheses work on replicating the appearance and functionality of limbs to the finest detail.

Although prosthetic aesthetics has been a massive development, the patient's control and 'feeling' of these artificial replacements are still far from ordinary. Hence, the need for a modern, intuitively controllable, and naturally perceived prosthesis is nowadays even more pronounced to restore the motor control of the device but also sensation flow from the prosthesis to the body.

A Pro-Ortho facility developed and achieved the latest technology in bionic knee replacement in Thane, and the symbionic leg in Mumbai, each with its own centers.

Pros of Bionic Limbs

  • When you flex your arms or legs, your muscle sends information to your brain, allowing you to feel your muscle contract without even glancing at it. But if you have prosthetics. The new technique in Bionics uses muscle grafts from elsewhere in the body. The researchers have found a way to salvage the nerves remaining at amputation sites and recreate the agonist-antagonist muscle pairings to bring back a bit of sensation for the amputee.

  • It also provides a much more comfortable sitting position allowing a much more extensive range of movements. There is a lot of evidence that bionic limbs attached to Osseointegrated implants significantly improve mobility. Users walk faster for more prolonged bouts of daily and recreational activities.

  • It provides excellent stability and control and can reduce the energy expended.

  • It does not require suction for suspension, making it easier and more comfortable for the user.

Cons of Bionic Limbs

  • A primary con of using Bionic Limbs is the price of the prosthetic. Prosthetics are costly, which makes them unavailable to people. In addition, they need to be replaced every once in a while.

  • Sometimes, the implantation process may cause skin allergies and irritation that could require surgery.

  • It can be challenging for people to make the physical and mental adjustments necessary to function with the prosthesis. Thus, selecting and adjusting components and assessing overall prosthesis function is challenging and takes significant time since it is not a one size fits all process.

  • Although rehabilitation starts immediately after the amputation, it is a continuous process for prosthetic service providers.

  • A prosthesis may last for 5 to 7 years, typically under Indian conditions, with an intermittent requirement to change consumables—socks, straps, liners, etc. However, at the time of an upgrade or change, users' revised activity level and requirements from the prosthesis need consistent review.

  • It can be too heavy for some people, making them very uncomfortable.

Bionics is still progressing rapidly and is a boon to amputees, helping them turn their disabilities into superpowers with all their pros and cons.

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