Worldwide prevalence of amputation has created an increasing demand for improved upper and lower extremity prostheses. Current prosthetics are often uncomfortable and difficult to control and provide limited functional restoration. Moreover, the inability to normalize anthropomorphic biomechanics with a prosthesis increases one's risk of developing longterm health risks such as arthritis, skin breakdown, and pain. Recent advances in bionic prosthetic development hold great promise for rehabilitation and improving quality of life with limb loss. This brief review discusses the current state of advanced prostheses, the integration of robotics in the care of individuals with major limb amputation, and some innovative surgical techniques that are being explored for clinical feasibility.
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- Clinical Neurology