Myoelectric Prosthesis: Current Status

ALFRED E. KRITTER, MD**Waukesha, Wisconsin

The overall view in the United States of the current status of the myoelectric prosthesis and its development since the introduction by Kobrinski in 1960 were presented. Because of the paucity of current literature, a survey of ACPOC clinics was undertaken, to which 40 clinics responded. Twenty-five were fitting myoelectric prostheses. Clinical experience varied from a small number to some clinics reporting more than 500 fittings. The increased usage of the myoelectric prosthesis was judged from statistics by the Otto Bock Company which noted a great increase in the production of hands from 1981 to 1983. Prosthetists have been trained to service and fit the units in all areas of the United States and Canada. The European experience is much greater. It appears, despite the myoelectric prosthesis' being a definite aid in rehabilitation, that it has not been utilized in this country to the same extent as in Europe, primarily because of problems of third party payment.

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