Would you amputate your nerve-damaged hand for a bionic prosthetic?

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A team of surgeons in Vienna, Austria…recently developed bionic reconstructions of the hands of 16 people who had lost manual control and sensation because of nerve damage. The catch: patients have to undergo a nonessential amputation of the damaged hand to make room for the prosthesis.

Hoping to clarify the choices and considerations, surgeon Laura Hruby and her colleagues at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria published a protocol for selecting the first patients to undergo this intensive procedure and guiding them through it.


  1. Bionic hands are mounted adjacent to the original hand onto an arm brace and wired to electrodes that can pick up the candidate’s functional forearm nerves through the skin. This stage gives people practice controlling the prosthesis.
  2. The original hand is surgically removed.
  3. After recovery from surgery, the bionic hand is moved from its temporary position on the arm brace to the end of the candidate’s wrist.

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