The technology is advancing at a very rapid pace every single day. There are a lot of new wonders that you can see are being brought up in terms of research that is being conducted on the different things to either suggest a best approach in life towards living a healthy life, effects of supplements on our body, what is best for men to prevent the prostate cancer etc. and now there is a new research that is focusing on the fact as to how the different people who go through the process of amputation are able to get their lives back through this new process where the technology can now turn the humans into the bionic beings.
Before we proceed onto how the technology has equipped the humans to be bionic beings, I would really like to highlight certain facts regarding the amputations that are being done throughout the United States so that we all know as to how many people each year go through amputation and how their lives are being turned upside down where they are not their normal self no more, but they just show faith in them and live their life at the best. It is being estimated that there are approximately 1.8 million people in the United States alone who have gone through the process of amputation. Another statistic that was very shocking and highlighted as to the number of amputees was that there is about one amputee in about 200 individuals in the United States.
There are a lot of amputations that occur each year due to a lot of different reasons. The amputations occur because of the vascular problems in which there is blockage of the artery and that lead to the necrosis of the tissue and for that matter the limb or the digit needs to be amputated. There is another very common illness known as the diabetes, which results in a lot of vascular issues where the infection spreads at a very fast rate and this then leads to the development of a necrosis and damages the vessels in that specific digit that it affects and the blood supply to that specific digit is being compromised and then that digit has to be amputated so as to prevent that necrosis from spreading to the adjacent digits and tissue. It is also been mentioned in the statistics that the amputations that are being done due to the vascular lesions are known as dysvascular amputations and the amputations that are being done due to the vascular reasons are on the rise as compared to the amputations that are being done due to the trauma or accidents.
The people who go through the amputations are the ones who are just going through a lot of stress in their lives. For example if a person whose living depended on the fact that he has to lift loads on his back or has to walk around to perform his job is now no longer being able to perform his job and that is not going to take a toll on him but he and his entire family is going to go through a huge financial crunch. This is only the bare minimum that I have said here. We just cannot understand an individual who is going through the loss of a limb or a digit because these people are not themselves any more and that they are going through a complete new life that they have never thought of living before and this is so depressing for them because they cannot walk, cannot move without assistance and then they go through all the learning processes where they learn as to how to manage different things in their lives on their own.
These individuals who go through amputation need a lot of support from all of us to make their lives better and to be working again and that they just lose themselves at such a rapid pace that they just fall totally apart. They just do not know as to what to do now and that they need love and affection and comfort and support from the people who are around them. I think that we just cannot feel their pain that they are going through, but I also believe that we should tell them that this is not something that they need sympathy for because they are complete individuals and that they can do whatever they want to do, they just have to have the will to do the things that they want to. We just need to accept them with open arms and love them and feel them and this article is based on giving them hope that there are researches that are going on in which a lot of the work is being done on the prostheses that these people can have and really function as they have never lost a limb.
There is a team of British scientists who have worked on bionic prostheses and they have just worked really well in overcoming a problem where the prostheses that were made earlier were constantly rubbing on the skin and then they were causing the skin to erode and cause infection of the skin. This was causing a lot of disappointment among the people who were using the prostheses because rather than things becoming better for them, things were becoming more difficult every single day. Now the scientists have made the prostheses that are made up of metal and that they can now bind to the skin without causing any infection and has improved the quality of the bionic limbs that will be fixed for these individuals.
The prostheses that have been built by these researchers were being tried on a group of patients whose limbs and digits have been amputated and the results that these prostheses have shown were really good. This technology that is being used is known as the intraosseous transcutaneous amputation prosthesis, which is also known as the ITAP. The best part of these bionic limbs is that these limbs can be directly attached to the individual’s central nervous system and that the individual can take complete control of these limbs in a matter of five years. For us it has been science fiction where we can see the live tissue growing around the metal and that this not science fiction any more, it is a real life fact.
In this technique, there is involvement of the metal implant that is being loosely attached to the bone that is protruding through the skin and the skin just forms a seal around it. The researchers got the hold of growing the skin around the metal prostheses by observing as to how the skin moulds grow around the deers’ antlers. Through research the scientists have been able to develop a technology that is going to give a life to the millions of people who are suffering from the aftermath of amputations and that their life is something that will be changed for the best because then these individuals will be able to perform all their activities and would not feel that they have lost the limb because we learnt to live with our limbs and learnt as to how we can make them function and after amputation and plugging in of these prostheses these individuals will be able to learn as to how to make the best out of these bionic limbs and that it is just a matter of time that these people would learn as to how they can make things work for themselves.
It is through these techniques that these researchers are able to achieve a way where a prosthetic limb can be attached directly to the skeleton of the patient and that even though the skin is breached but there is no infection caused by it and that the invention of these bionic limbs have reduced the medical costs and a lot of inconvenience that was being caused by the conventional prostheses where these individuals would have to go repeatedly to get these prostheses fixed and also to get the medication in order to treat the infections and the pain that they are suffering through by the use of the prosthetic limbs. There is also a lot of problems with the pressure sores, as well as the surgical procedures that are being done to take care of the aftermath of these prostheses.
Now the researchers after having a big breakthrough in the fixation of the bionic limbs and digits, are now focusing on the attachment of the bionic limbs to the central nervous system with the help of the electrodes where the bionic limbs would just act on the desire to move that limb and that limb would move with the specific strength and in the specific direction that is being required and then this would make that limb a complete bionic limb. There have been researches that have been carried out in the United States but they did not make much progress because there were a lot of problems that were going on with regards to prevent the infection that was occurring because of the contact of the skin with the metal.
It is really striking to know that there are about 250,000 people in the United States and the Europe who undergo amputation every year and with this technology, there would be about 30 percent of the people who are going to find a new life coming their way and with no complications at all.