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Linda Resnik, He Helen Huang, Anna Winslow, Dustin L Crouch, Fan Zhang, Nancy Wolk
BACKGROUND: Although electromyogram (EMG) pattern recognition (PR) for multifunctional upper limb prosthesis control has been reported for decades, the clinical benefits have rarely been examined. The study purposes were to: 1) compare self-report and performance outcomes of a transradial amputee immediately after training and one week after training of direct myoelectric control and EMG pattern recognition (PR) for a two-degree-of-freedom (DOF) prosthesis, and 2) examine the change in outcomes one week after pattern recognition training and the rate of skill acquisition in two subjects with transradial amputations...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation
Christina Enciso Holm, Christian Bardram, Anja Falk Riecke, Peter Horstmann, Michael Mørk Petersen
PURPOSE: Previous studies reported variable outcome and failure rates after mega-prosthetic reconstructions in the lower extremities. The purpose of this study was to make a long-term single-center evaluation of patients treated with limb-sparing surgery and reconstruction with mega-prostheses in the lower extremities. METHODS: We identified 50 patients (osteosarcoma (n = 30), chondrosarcoma (n = 9), osteoclastoma (n = 6), Ewing sarcoma (n = 4), angiosarcoma (n = 1)), who underwent limb-sparing reconstruction of the lower extremities (proximal femur (n = 9), distal femur (n = 29), proximal tibia (n = 9), and the entire femur (n = 3)) between 1985 and 2005...
March 12, 2018: International Orthopaedics
B González-García, S García-Isidoro, J Contreras-Alcántara, J A Martínez-Gil, M A Díaz Y Orea, V O Castellanos-Sánchez
The most frequent diabetes-related complications are diabetic foot and glaucoma, which lead to amputation and loss of vision, respectively. Current scientific and technologic developments have permitted the design and implementation of prosthetic systems that are optimal for these patients, as the latter adapt themselves to them and can resume activities of daily living. The lack of economic resources compromises the quality of the prostheses patients can afford, as they resort to «artisanal» or «rustic» systems that hamper their adaptation process...
September 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
Matteo Bossi, Matteo Tozzi, Marco Franchin, Stefania Ferraro, Nicola Rivolta, Massimo Ferrario, Chiara Guttadauro, Patrizio Castelli, Gabriele Piffaretti
Background : This study aimed to present cases with cryopreserved human allografts (CHAs) for vascular reconstruction in both aortic and peripheral infected prosthetic grafts. Materials and Methods : This is a single center, observational descriptive study with retrospective analysis. In all cases, the infected prosthetic graft material was completely removed. At discharge, patients were administered anticoagulants. Follow-up examinations included clinical visits, echo-color-Doppler ultrasounds, or computed tomography angiography within 30 days and at 3, 6, and 12 months after the treatment, and then twice per year...
December 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Matthew Davidson, Cathy Bodine, Richard F Ff Weir
AIM: Prosthetic devices are not meeting the needs of people with upper limb amputations. Due to controlsidelimitations, prosthetic wrists cannot yet be fully articulated. This study sought to determine which wrist motions users felt were most important for completing activities of daily living. We specifically invstigated whether adding a combinationof flexion and deviation known as the Dart Thrower's Motion to a prosthetic wrist would help improve functionality. METHODS: Fifteen participants with a trans-radial amputation, aged 25-64 years, who use a prosthesis completed an online survey and answered interview questions to determine which types of tasks pose particular challenges...
March 7, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Minxun Lu, Yongjiang Li, Yi Luo, Wenli Zhang, Yong Zhou, Chongqi Tu
BACKGROUND: Currently, it is challenging to treat massive bone defects of proximal tibia. Although numerous methods are available for reconstruction with epiphysis preservation, limitations in knee function and complications are noted with these methods. Our paper describes our attempt to reconstruct a marked defect in the proximal tibia with an uncemented three-dimensional (3D)-printed prosthesis and to evaluate the prosthesis design and short-term outcomes. CASE PRESENTATION: A 15-year-old boy with metaphyseal osteosarcoma of the tibia underwent intercalary allograft reconstruction following wide tumour resection with epiphysis preservation...
March 6, 2018: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Eugene Y Wang, Timothy R Shope
To raise awareness for surgeons encountering bariatric patients with anatomy that deviates from the standard Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). This is a single-institution retrospective case series over 12 years (2003-2014) involving patients who believed they received RYGBs, but actually did not. Data was obtained reviewing physician encounters, imaging, and operative reports. There were six cases with confusing clinical pictures, found to have aberrant RYGB anatomy: (1) gastric bypass with jejuno-jejunostomy only without gastrojejunostomy, (2) distal partial vertical gastrectomy without expected prosthetic band, (3) inverse vertical banded gastroplasty, (4) non-divided gastric bypass with no gastrojejunostomy, (5) 20-cm Roux limb, with gastro-gastric fistula, and (6) 200-cm bilio-pancreatic limb similar to the traditional Scopinaro procedure...
March 5, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Corey A Kalbaugh, Nicole Jadue Gonzalez, Daniel J Luckett, Jason Fine, Thomas E Brothers, Mark A Farber, Adam W Beck, John W Hallett, William A Marston, Raghuveer Vallabhaneni
OBJECTIVE: Although smoking cessation is a benchmark of medical management of intermittent claudication, many patients require further revascularization. Currently, revascularization among smokers is a controversial topic, and practice patterns differ institutionally, regionally, and nationally. Patients who smoke at the time of revascularization are thought to have a poor prognosis, but data on this topic are limited. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of smoking on outcomes after infrainguinal bypass for claudication...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Miroslav Špaček, Pavel Měřička, Libor Janoušek, Petr Štádler, Miloš Adamec, Robert Vlachovský, Igor Guňka, Pavel Navrátil, Filip Thieme, Petr Mitáš, Rudolf Špunda, Jaroslav Špatenka, Robert Staffa, Petr Němec, Jaroslav Lindner
The transplantation of fresh or cryopreserved vascular allografts in patients with a prosthetic graft infection or critical limb ischemia is necessary for their limb salvage and, in many cases, represents a lifesaving procedure. While transplantation of fresh allografts has a long history in the Czech Republic, the standard use of cryopreserved vascular allografts was introduced into the clinical practice in 2011 as a result of the implementation of EU Directive 2004/23/EC into national legislation (Human Cell and Tissue Act No...
March 3, 2018: Cell and Tissue Banking
Keum-Shik Hong, Nida Aziz, Usman Ghafoor
During the last few decades, substantial scientific and technological efforts have been focused on the development of neuroprostheses. The major emphasis has been on techniques for connecting the human nervous system with a robotic prosthesis via natural-feeling interfaces. The peripheral nerves provide access to highly processed and segregated neural command signals from the brain that can in principle be used to determine user intent and control muscles. If these signals could be used, they might allow near-natural and intuitive control of prosthetic limbs with multiple degrees of freedom...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
Jesse A Columbo, Louise Davies, Ravinder Kang, J Aaron Barnes, Kathleen A Leinweber, Bjoern D Suckow, Philip P Goodney, David H Stone
OBJECTIVES: To date, studies of vascular amputees primarily examine quantitative outcomes following limb loss. Less is known about the patient's perspective after major lower limb amputation. Here, we define and describe the postamputation recovery period. METHODS: Qualitative study using purposive, maximum variation sampling on the variables of amputation level and times since surgery. We first conducted structured interviews with 20 participants (median age: 65 years, range: 45-88 years; 85% male; below knee amputation n = 14; above knee amputation n = 6; median time from amputation to interview = 16 months, range: 4-51 months)...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
Srinivas Pandit, Anoop Kant Godiyal, Amit Kumar Vimal, Upinderpal Singh, Deepak Joshi, Dinesh Kalyanasundaram
This paper proposes a novel and an affordable lower limb prosthesis to enable normal gait kinematics for trans-femoral amputees. The paper details the design of a passive prosthesis with magneto-rheological (MR) damping system and electronic control. A new control approach based on plantar insole feedback was employed here. Strategically placed sensors on the plantar insole provide required information about gait cycle to a finite state controller for suitable action. A proportional integral (PI) based current controller controls the required current for necessary damping during gait...
February 27, 2018: Sensors
Sellaiah Sooriakumaran, Maggie Uden, Sarah Mulroy, David Ewins, Thomas Collins
BACKGROUND: Substantial improvements have been perceived in surgical results following major lower limb amputation, but there remains observed variation in amputation quality for patients referred for prosthetic rehabilitation from different hospitals. OBJECTIVES: To assess various elements that influence residual limb quality and evaluate their impact on progress through initial prosthetic rehabilitation and mobility outcome after rehabilitation. STUDY DESIGN: Clinical survey...
February 1, 2018: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Hong Yang, Xi-Bin Li, Jie Tan, Hao Li, Yin-Chu Shao, Feng Shuang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influential factors of total blood loss during unilateral artificial total hip arthroplasty (THA). METHODS: From January 2014 to July 2016, 131 patients undergwent primary unilateral total hip arthroplasty, including 55 males and 76 females, ranging in age from 40 to 89 years old, with an average of 64.5 years old. The data of patients with unilateral total hip arthroplasty were collected, and the data of hemodynamics, coagulation function, hemoglobin and hematocrit values were recorded according to the observation data...
November 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
Manelle Merad, Étienne de Montalivet, Amélie Touillet, Noël Martinet, Agnès Roby-Brami, Nathanaël Jarrassé
Most transhumeral amputees report that their prosthetic device lacks functionality, citing the control strategy as a major limitation. Indeed, they are required to control several degrees of freedom with muscle groups primarily used for elbow actuation. As a result, most of them choose to have a one-degree-of-freedom myoelectric hand for grasping objects, a myoelectric wrist for pronation/supination, and a body-powered elbow. Unlike healthy upper limb movements, the prosthetic elbow joint angle, adjusted prior to the motion, is not involved in the overall upper limb movements, causing the rest of the body to compensate for the lack of mobility of the prosthesis...
2018: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
Courtney E Shell, Glenn K Klute, Richard R Neptune
Advanced prosthetic foot designs often incorporate mechanisms that adapt to terrain changes in real-time to improve mobility. Early identification of terrain (e.g., cross-slopes) is critical to appropriate adaptation. This study suggests that a simple classifier based on linear discriminant analysis can accurately predict a cross-slope encountered (0°, -15°, 15°) using measurements from the residual limb, primarily from the prosthesis itself. The classifier was trained and tested offline using motion capture and in-pylon sensor data collected during walking trials in mid-swing and early stance...
2018: PloS One
Erica Schvirtz, Laurent Bensoussan, Bertrand Tourret Couderc, Jean-Michel Viton, Alain Delarque, Marjorie Kerzoncuf
BACKGROUND: Surfing with transfemoral knee prosthesis requires flexion of the hip, knee, and ankle and balance between flexibility and stiffness of the prosthetic limb. We report on Mr D, a transfemoral amputee, who wanted to surf again. Case Description and Methods: Technical specifications were based on Mr D's complaint. The prosthesis is salt water resistant and combines a shock absorber associated with elastic tendons to permit the knee to bend easily and to facilitate eccentric braking...
February 1, 2018: Prosthetics and Orthotics International
Laurent Frossard, Gregory Merlo, Tanya Quincey, Brendan Burkett, Debra Berg
BACKGROUND: Governmental organizations are facing challenges in adjusting procedures providing equitable assistance to consumers with amputation choosing newly available osseointegrated fixations for bone-anchored prostheses (BAPs) over socket-suspended prostheses. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to (1) present a procedure focusing on tasks, documents and costs of prosthetic care, and (2) share observed obstacles and facilitators to implementation. METHODS: This research aimed at developing a governmental procedure for the provision of BAPs was designed as an action research study...
December 2017: PharmacoEconomics Open
Bernardino C Branco, Panos Kougias, Jonathan D Braun, Joseph L Mills, Neal R Barshes
OBJECTIVE: In the absence of suitable autologous vein, the use of prosthetic grafts for infragenicular bypasses in peripheral arterial disease has become standard practice. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether creating a vein patch at the distal anastomosis would further improve patency and freedom from major adverse limb events (MALEs). Furthermore, we sought to investigate whether the use of a distal vein patch (DVP) was associated with lower rates of acute limb ischemia (ALI) for those presenting with occluded prosthetic bypass graft...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Philip P Vu, Zachary T Irwin, Autumn J Bullard, Shoshana W Ambani, Ian C Sando, Melanie G Urbanchek, Paul S Cederna, Cynthia A Chestek
Loss of the upper limb imposes a devastating interruption to everyday life. Full restoration of natural arm control requires the ability to simultaneously control multiple degrees of freedom of the prosthetic arm and maintain that control over an extended period of time. Current clinically available myoelectric prostheses do not provide simultaneous control or consistency for transradial amputees. To address this issue, we have implemented a standard Kalman filter for continuous hand control using intramuscular electromyography (EMG) from both regenerative peripheral nerve interfaces (RPNI) and an intact muscle within non-human primates...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
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