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Interesting Facts About Prosthetics

If you think you know a lot about prosthetic, keep moving forward and see how many below-mentioned facts you already knew:

1. Prosthetic is basically a Greek word. And, if you translate it to English Language, it means ‘addition’. The word is pretty appropriate, given you add artificial wear in your body.

2. A prosthesis is actually an artificial leg, limb or arm that is put in place of an original leg, arm or limb that was lost in birth or in an accident.

3. 75% of all the amputations are caused by either cardiovascular diseases or type 2 diabetes.

4. There are various types of amputations but the most common type is below-knee amputation.

5. A single prosthesis can cost you up to $100,000. That is pretty expensive. However, the 3-D printing technology can change that and reduce the cost to as low as $4,000.

6. 77% of all the amputation processes are performed on males.

7. Most prosthetic wears are designed using titanium, aluminum and carbon fiber.

8. Thermoplastic prosthesis are the most light-weight ones.

9. The average prosthesis lasts no more than 5 years. An amputee has to change it after a course of 5 years whether it is worn out or not.

10. All the prosthetic wears are custom-made. It means that there is no ‘one-size fit for all’ wear anywhere in this world. Many factors are taken into consideration while designing a prosthesis for an amputee such as weight, health, lifestyle, age and gender.

11. All the amputees have to wear a sock or a stump shrinker. This sock basically prevents swelling in the intact limb when the prosthesis is not attached.

12. The sock is basically a cup made of carbon fiber and is custom-made. This is where the residual limb is seated into.

13. Sucking, elevated vacuum and locking are some of the ways by which you can hold a prosthetic leg on your limb.

14. The amputees who are new to using prosthetic limbs use a silicone gel cover to protect their limbs while walking or moving.

15. The socket’s elevated vacuum helps in healing of the limb. Moreover, it also decreases the prosthesis’s weight and maintains its size.

16. The oldest prosthetic wear was found in the year 2000 in the city of Cairo. It was a prosthetic toe made of wood and leather and dated back to 3000 years.

17. Many amputees feel a phantom limb sensation. It’s a sensation that your limb is still attached to the body when in actuality, it's not.

18. Most amputees get a prosthetic limb after complete recovery from the surgery.

19. In the United States, one in 200 people have lost a limb.

20. Females can wear heels even with a prosthetic limb. many prosthetic limbs are built with jointed ankles. So, you can move them to different height by using a push-button.

21. Currently, there are 2.1 million people living without a limb.

22. Almost 300 to 500 amputations are performed each day all across the world.

23. 30% of the people lose their limbs due to depression or anxiety.

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