In this article, let’s take a look at Medtech (Medical Technology), one of the branches of health innovation with Biotech (Biological Technology). Medtech has always existed The first men naturally sought to maintain the upright posture. They were bursting with ingenuity to replace their missing limb. Made up of a mixture of cardboard, linen, animal glue and a kind of plaster, “Greville Chester’s toe” dating from at least 600 BC is one of the oldest prostheses discovered at this time. day. Dating from the same period, the other prosthesis discovered is made of wood and leather. Medtech, this trendy term actually defines one of the oldest concepts: the idea of ​​using technology to advance medicine. The principles and needs are always the same

but thanks to the evolution of technology and materials, their application is democratized and more physiologically adapted. The orthoprosthetist: an omnipresent human approach in the fitting process. Through my passion for sport and the chance of encounters, I have been able to commit myself for two years alongside Orthoway to work for the democratization of sport for all. This article helps to highlight this profession of the Medtech sector and to illustrate by example the issues of amputees. Since birth, following an accident or illness, more than 60,000 people now have a prosthesis in France [2] . The treatment process is relatively well identified as explained to us by Florian Ferrando – Orthoprosthetist at Orthoway: The essential passage to the hospital and to the rehabilitation center. This step takes place after the accident,

Medtech Has Always Existed

once the condition has stabilized, at the end of healing and muscle activity. The duration varies depending on the patient. The latter will have to return to consult at the center on a regular basis, which are then spaced out over time, to carry out verifications or changes to the prosthesis with the MPR specialist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). The first contact between the patient and the orthopedic technician. It is carried out mainly at the level of the centers then in practice. The orthoprosthetist intervenes as soon as the patient is able to become independent again. He will therefore fit the patient to measure and then

provide technical and human support. Daily patient monitoring. Let us not forget that we are talking about a limb that has been traumatized, causing a change in the patient’s physical condition. “There are therefore days with and days without” as evidenced by a patient met during a Handicap & You day. Beyond any equipment, psychological support is therefore fundamental. The orthoprosthetist must demonstrate pedagogy, expertise and responsiveness on a daily basis. Consultations with Orthoway’s orthoprosthetists are therefore free to promote exchanges as much as possible. In patients, there are all ages and profiles. Nevertheless, it should be emphasized that many children are still ill-equipped following the parents’ refusal to accept the situation. The eyes of others, the non-adaptation of current activities such as sports,

The Orthoprosthetist: An Omnipresent

the apprehension of this new member are all elements that can create a rejection or discomfort of the patient vis-à-vis his prosthesis. The organization of group meetings and discussions between patients and professionals is therefore being structured within Orthoway. Today, beyond technical progress, Medtech must meet the challenge of human issues associated with its products and services. It is therefore important to democratize the subject of disability in order to develop awareness and practices. Today’s prostheses: a clever blend of comfort and performance The prosthesis replaces a limb. (Unlike the orthosis, such as the corset, which compensates for a deficient limb) Walking, running or even jumping, prostheses have evolved

a lot and are now in high demand on a daily basis. They must therefore be best suited to the patient. Florian Ferrando reminds us of the importance of communication with the patient to produce, assemble and uniquely adapt the prosthesis. So let’s discover all the technical complexity of this production made up of 4 elements: The sleeves (image N ° 1): They constitute the interface between the residual member and the socket. They protect, provide comfort and allow the prosthesis to be held in place. The sleeves can be made from three different materials: silicone, copolymer or urethane. The socket (image N ° 2): it is produced to

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