Prosthesis


Prosthesis is defined as an element that adapts to the body with the aim of replacing a missing structure or that fails to function correctly. It is usually a device that is placed using a series of surgical procedures. The origin of the use of prostheses in human beings dates back to antiquity, since for centuries man has sought to replace missing structures with various purposes, both functional and aesthetic.

It is important to clarify that those external devices that help to unload weight, or provide mechanical support such as canes, crutches or walkers are not considered prostheses, since they constitute a particular group of elements that are called Orthoses.

In a few words, it can be said that a prosthesis is an artificial element that is integrated into the body with the aim of replacing an organ or a limb that, for some reason, is missing or that, failing that, has stopped working properly for some reason. reason. The objective of the prosthesis is that it fulfills a function very similar to the one it previously developed, or failing that, that which is absent.

The following example can better explain what a prosthesis can mean, if a person who is crossing the street is hit by a vehicle, it may be the case that it is necessary to amputate some of his limbs, be it a leg, arm , etc. After the necessary cures and the rehabilitation process, the affected person should begin to use a prosthesis in the place of the limb that was removed, so that in this way they can carry out their activities in the most normal way possible.

Prostheses can replace a wide variety of structures, depending on it there are different types of these devices:

One of the most popular prostheses are dental, this consists of replacing the missing teeth with prostheses which are called “bridges”, in the event that the person presents a total absence of teeth, total prostheses are made. They are removable to make it much easier to clean them.