CSEM News : First successful osseo-neuromuscular implant
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CSEM has contributed to the first dexterous and sentient hand prosthesis implant.
A female Swedish patient with hand amputation has become the first recipient of an osseo-neuromuscular implant to control a dexterous hand prosthesis.
In a pioneering surgery, titanium implants were placed in the two forearm bones (radius and ulnar), from which electrodes to nerves and muscles were extended to extract signals to control a robotic hand and to provide tactile sensations. This makes it the first clinically viable, dexterous and sentient prosthetic hand usable in real life. The breakthrough is part of the European project DeTOP. The new implant technology was developed in Sweden by a team led by Dr. Max Ortiz.
The CSEM contributed to the breakthrough with the development of a low-power integrated circuit which controls the prosthetic hand and enables the collection of sensory feedback.