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Since time immemorial, prostheses were created by army workshops for the soldiers who lost their limbs in battle. Thus ever since prosthetics seems to be associated with artificial extremeties like the artificial leg and hand, which are functional. Today, many more products can be included. Among those are the life like restorations which serve as a camouflage for those disfigured by accidents, disease, or birth defects.

What is the difference with orthosis and orthopedic?

What about cognitive prosthetics and neuro-prosthetics? --NeuronExMachina 02:27, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)

Request for article about sensory prosthetics: <a href="">Wired Magazine</a> article. Maybe also linked to other computer input/output devices?

Prosthetics should be linked to a "medical technology" category? Thats how I was trying to look it up.

Is there an article about implanted microchips? Should they be considered a type of prosthesis ?

"The night club offers ... a syringe-injected [ RFID ] microchip implanted in their upper arms that ... acts as a debit account from which they can pay for drinks."


This article has room for expansion.

  • How are prosthesis attached? Many are held on or suspended by straps or sleeves. These are the most basic forms of suspension. Above knee (transfemoral) or below knee (transtibial) use many other forms such as expulsion valves in which the air inside the socket is evacuated and suspension results from the pressure differential in the prosthesis. Other forms are pin systems in which a sleeve placed over the residual limb has an insert in the distal end to receive a smooth or notched pin. This pin is inserted into a locking device manufactured in the prosthesis itself.
  • History of prosthesis
  • Better description of prosthesis
  • etc.
I agree! :) E Pluribus Anthony 20:22, 8 December 2005 (UTC)

Please never expand this article. If you do the bottom will stop saying "This medical equipment article is a stub". Nyuk nyuk nyuk! YAYitsAndrew 14:49, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

The image of the "knee prosthesis" shows an endoprosthesis, part of an artificial knee joint to be used in knee replacement surgery. Since there is no mention of internal prostheses in the article, the image is a bit out of place. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:49, 20 December 2010 (UTC)

Circular link[edit]

The page Surgical prosthetics is a redirect back to Prosthesis, and should be removed or a new page Surgical prosthetics should be added.

Agreed, either there needs to be a paragraph added to this page, or there should be another one for Surgical prosthesis. The current definition for the "medicine use" is incomplete. --Lisa4edit (talk) 11:41, 14 April 2008 (UTC)

Broken Link[edit]

Under "External Links", for "Prosthetics History", link to is broken. It leads to DNS Error page. 4.12.07, 3:50 pm EDT. 19:54, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

The history of it[edit]

I know they used wood back then but I think we should add what other materials that could've been used. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:52, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

Seriously, everyone. This article desperately needs a history section. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:28, 27 June 2008 (UTC)

that it's not true —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:45, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

There really needs to be more to the history section, it's so tiny and (frankly) pathetic. What about the replacement teeth they've found in Roman tombs? I'd add to it if I only knew what my sources were. Saying "I've seen pictures!" doesn't seem like quite enough. (talk) 14:49, 7 October 2009 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestion, I've added Roman teeth prostheses. --Tovarich1917 (talk) 13:48, 16 October 2009 (UTC)

merge with artificial limb[edit]

Undid merge with artificial limb for three reasons. 1) No discussion has taken place on talk page 2) Shouldn't prosthesis redirect to the disambiguity page? 3) Not all prosthesis (per article) are limbs. DCwom (talk) 18:10, 7 April 2010 (UTC)

freshly merged[edit]

I have re-merged not only "artificial limb" but also several other prosthetics articles over into this article. This is as it should be, in my opinion. All that remains is for duplicate wording (and there is a LOT of it) to be excised and other maintenance work to be done. Kikodawgzzz (talk) 16:53, 23 September 2010 (UTC)

Upper extremity prosthetics[edit]

How about integrating a section "Upper extremity prosthetics" ? Also, mention the Carnes arm, which is "body-powered", see , (talk) 10:11, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

example of oldest Prosthethics[edit]

Like the roman capua leg or egyptian prosthetics? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:02, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Advertorial content[edit]

Much of the material in the article consists of paragraphs of praise for various companies, it needs to be cleaned up to comply with WP:NPOV. Roger (talk) 11:06, 14 November 2011 (UTC)

Pneumatic powered ankle-foot exoskeleton[edit]

Perhaps Philippe Malcolm's pneumatic powered ankle-foot exoskeleton can be breifly mentioned in the article ? See KVDP (talk) 11:37, 26 May 2013 (UTC)

Photo removed[edit]

I have removed this photo as the link is no more valid.

File:A woman attempts to walk with a prosthetic device during a physical therapy session in the Veterans International Center in Cambodia, August 2008.jpg
A woman from Cambodia wearing a transtibial prosthetic device on her left leg holds onto parallel bars during a physical therapy session.

--Ashashyou (talk) 08:54, 29 May 2013 (UTC)

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Robotic legs[edit]

Perhaps mention TU Delft March ( ) ?

Also, perhaps mention the Powered Exoskeleton Race ( ) as well ? KVDP (talk) 08:02, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Special-purpose arms ?[edit]

Perhaps we should mention the VioArm too ? It was made by the team of Yasser Alhindi from George Mason University for Isabella Nicola Cabrera. See here. It also allows to attach other extensions for a variety of other purposes. KVDP (talk) 07:57, 29 July 2017 (UTC)

Changes (adding/editing)-12.11.2017[edit]

Aimingsourgrape (talk) 15:40, 11 December 2017 (UTC)Adding information to the socket design for the lower extremities and robotic legs. Deleting the one former sentence in robotic legs section since the 'ReWalk' is the example of exoskeleton, and not prosthesis.