Amputations and prosthetics

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This year's reviews of amputations and prosthetics reemphasize the necessity for the preservation of the knee joint. Good surgical outcomes were reported from several centers in patients with peripheral vascular disease. The decision for level selection is becoming increasingly accurate. Prosthetic advances have concentrated on the ICEROSS (Icelandic Roll-on Silicone Sleeve) sockets and the advantage of energy-storing feet. Computer-aided design continues to develop, but before it can become widely used, further advances will be required. In upper limb prosthetics, myoelectric control is still advocated but should only be supplied in specialized centers.

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