The Evolution of Modern Prosthetic Devices

Posted on: May 15th, 2015 by Premier Prosthetics Blogger
The history behind Prosthetic limbs is pretty amazing!

The history behind Prosthetic limbs is pretty amazing!


The progress made from the first prosthetic devices in ancient Egypt to the computerized devices we use today has not been an easy or a fast one. The long road to the dawn of technology we use at Premier Prosthetics today began around 1500 B.C. There have been many enhancements from the first “peg legs” to the individualized fittings of today’s O&P devices.

The Egyptians were the first to use any kind of prosthetic technology. Their rudimentary limbs were made of fiber and were created to give the individual a sense of “wholeness” more than actual function.

The first major advancements occurred in the mid to late 1500s thanks to the French Army barber/surgeon Ambroise Paré. He is considered the father of modern amputation surgery and prosthetic design. Paré introduced modern amputation procedures and created prosthetic devices for upper and lower extremity amputees.

During the U.S. Civil War, the number of amputations rose dramatically. This increase forced more American doctors to enter the field of prosthetics. The Civil War era contributed many refinements in the mechanism and materials used for prosthetic devices at the time.

Following World War II, veterans were dissatisfied with the lack of technology in their equipment and demanded improvements. In response, the U.S. government made a deal with military companies to work on improving the function of prosthetics rather than that of weapons. This agreement paved the way to the development of modern prosthetic devices.

Technology has come a long ways since the 1500s and Premier Prosthetics strives to keep up with all advancements and possibilities in the world of O&P. Devices today are much lighter and customized to each individual patient. We work with each individual to find the perfect fit and solutions to fulfill their needs. For more information about the technology we use and how it can benefit you, contact Premier Prosthetics.


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