Experts in the field of prosthetics assess and treat the physical and functional limitations of people that result from from illnesses and disabilities. These may include limitations formed through limb amputations. Prosthetics and implants are artificially manufactured substitutes for body parts which are then usually surgically inserted into tissue for functional, cosmetic, or therapeutic purposes. Prostheses can be functional, as in the case of artificial limbs or cosmetic, as in the case of an artificial eye. Prosthetists are trained to prescribe, design, fit and monitor orthoses and prostheses.
Some of the most common prostetics are:
- Breast Implants (often after a mastectomy)
- Knee replacement surgery
- Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) shunt systems
- Cochlear ear implants
- Permanent birth control
- Hernia surgical mesh implants
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants
- Phakic Intraocular Lense
- Urogynecologic Surgical Mesh Implants.
For some people, fitting a prosthetic limb or other body part without any permanent attachment to the body, can be impractical. These patients may benefit from osseointegration where the prosthesis can be permanently attached to the bone by becoming accepted. Usually titanium prosthetic implants will allow this to integration to take place, although a coating that mimics bone (such as hydroxyapatite) has also been shown to be effective.
Bone-anchored implants have been used for attaching prostheses to many parts of human body. They have been used as a basis for artificial eyes, noses, ears, hands, and
even thigh and mouthparts.
One problem with all types of bone-anchor is the need to undergo further plastic surgery after the initial surgery to remove the diseased part, after amputation of a limb. This means having to go through two or three additional plastic surgery procedures before the implant can be used as a bone-anchor. There is also some risk of infection at the prosthetic implant site. Patients must also put up with a change in appearance of the treated part, especially as there will be a piece of metal permanently protruding from the skin.
Prosthetists can be of great help to the legal process. They would be able to examine the effectiveness of certain surgeries and whether certain implants would have been effective in their application. Prosthetists can provide information regarding whether best practices were followed in the recommendation, assessment, and implementation of implants for individuals. This evidence may be crucial to a matter that relies on examination of prosthetics and orthotics.
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Experts in the field of prosthetics and implants are essential in cases of medical negligence and malpractice where personal injury or loss has taken place. They may be required to perform independent medical examinations, review medical records, and write expert reports on the standard of care in surgery procedures.Sample Reports
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- Whether there are reports of other experts to be reviewed and commented on in detail
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