Prosthetics in El Paso have certainly come a long way. It is really incredible to see what has been accomplished in this industry. One of the reasons that it has come such a long way is because of the technology that is available today. Here is one story on how technology in prosthetics is changing the field.
U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Hanes Sides lost his hand while he was serving a tour over in Afghanistan. He wanted to get his life back to normalcy despite the lost of his hand. He did have a prosthetic hand but it was not functioning the way he wanted it to. He would have to move his thumb around on the prosthetic if he wanted to grab or pick something up.
However that is not a problem for Sides anymore. Sides’ prosthetic is now under the control of an IMES system, or also known as an implantable myolelectric senor system. This type of system uses ‘electrodes implanted within a patient’s remaining muscles’ to help the mobility of the thumb or other limbs that people might have trouble moving around.
The difference between this system and other prosthetics is where the sensors are placed. In an IMES system, the sensors are implanted inside the muscles of the patient whereas sensors in other systems are placed on the skin. Yes the limb will be able to move and have some function but not the same function and mobility to properly move all fingers as with the IMES system.
If you have any questions about prosthetics in El Paso, TX, visit us here at 3901 Montana Ste. C. Or you can call us at 915.566.3440.