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Neuromusculoskeletal Arm Prostheses: Personal and Social Implications of Living With an Intimately Integrated Bionic Arm

By Kirstin Ahmed

How is it like to live with a permanently implanted prosthetic limb? Three people with an implanted prostheses were interviewed about their experiences of living with a prostheses in their daily lives. The participants expressed positive effects on self-esteem, self-image, and social relations. Besides that, the participants indicated enhanced prosthetic function, increased and more diverse prosthesis use in tasks of daily living, and improved relationships between their prosthesis and phantom limb.