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the history of prosthetic legs

The history of the prosthetic leg has changed many times over the past hundreds of years. The earliest historical account of prosthetic limb dates back to Greek and Roman times. In the early part of the 16th century a French military doctor Amboise Pare contributed some of the first major advances in prosthetics. He created a hinged mechanical hand as well as leg s that featured locking knees and special harnesses. Pare was one of the first people to take an interest of prosthetics.

Prosthetics today are usually made of a hard plastic or carbon fiber. There are many different parts of the prosthetic leg that have to be there in order for it to work. They are, Pylon- it’s the internal frame of the limb. It provides structural support. It was originally made from metal rods but is now usually carbon fiber. The Pylon is covered by typically a foam-like material. It is shaped and colored based on the skin color of the user. Socket- it’s the portion of the prosthetic that interfaces with the limb stump. The socket must be fitted for the user because of the force transmitted to the patient’s limb. They may also use I limb sock to give it a more snug fit Suspension system- it’s what keeps the prosthetic connected to the body. There are different forms that it can be attached. You can use a harness system, straps, belts or sleeves. With some amputations the prosthetic is able so stay attached, by just fitting it good. But one of the most common is suction. With this the limb fits tight into the prosthetic with an air tight seal.After the new limb has been attached to the patient they have to go through of rehabilitation and training, to get to where they can walk properly

In the 1840's there was a discovery that would change how people did operations. It was the discovery of gaseous anesthesia. Now doctors could put people to sleep to perform a surgery, this would also help them keep infections out of the body


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