Scientists have developed a prosthesis that returns sensitivity
Russian scientists of the medical Center of the Far Eastern Federal University together with colleagues from Skoltech and specialists of the company "Motorika" have developed a sensitive prosthetic leg, Izvestia reports.
The developers implanted electrodes into the stump and spinal cord of the patient, through which they were able to transmit signals from sensors mounted on an artificial prosthesis to the nervous system.
"Our development solves two key problems of people with amputations at once: it relieves phantom pains that are difficult to remove pharmacologically, and also returns lost sensations," said Yuri Matvienko, head of invasive research at Motorika.
Experts also hope that such a prosthesis will save users from excessive efforts when walking and will feel like their own limb, and not a means of rehabilitation or an alien gadget.