Breakthroughs in Providing 'Sensory Feedback' From Artificial Limbs
[Source: Medical News Today]
Researchers are exploring new approaches to designing prosthetic hands capable of providing “sensory feedback.” Advances toward developing prostheses with a sense of touch are presented in a special topic article in the June issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Emerging sensory feedback techniques will provide some sensation and enable more natural, intuitive use of hand prostheses, according to the review by ASPS Member Surgeon Paul S. Cederna, MD, of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues. They write, “These breakthroughs pave the way to the development of a prosthetic limb with the ability to feel.”
‘Nerve Interfaces’ May Allow Feeling in Prosthetic Hands
Upper limb loss is a “particularly devastating” form of amputation, since “a person’s hands are their tools for everyday function, expressive communication, and other uniquely human attributes,” according to Dr. Cederna and coauthors. The functional, psychological, economic, and social impact is even greater since most upper limb amputations occur in young, otherwise healthy individuals.
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