For those who’ve experienced limb loss, having a prosthesis is often at the top of the list as far as things to be grateful for. But many of the innovators who made today’s prosthetic technology possible often get overlooked. Today, we would like to name just a few of these spectacular individuals and give them thanks for their selfless work.
While no one can be entirely sure when prosthetics first entered the world, there are plenty of written stories to give us a good idea. Early stories from Egypt, Greece, Rome, and beyond mention primitive prosthetics, which indicates that they were relevant at the time. One of the first great minds in surgery and prosthetic design was Ambroise Paré, whose many contributions include an above-knee contraption and a much more functional foot prosthesis. Some other notable innovators include:
- Marcel and Charles Desoutter – Creators of the first aluminum prosthesis
- Dubois Parmlee – Creator of the multi-articulated foot, polycentric knee, and suction sockets
- Pieter Verduyn – Creator of the primary non-locking below-knee prosthetic limb
While these are only a few names amongst thousands who assisted in developing the blueprint for today’s prosthesis, we are thankful for everyone who dedicated their lives to improving the wellbeing of others.
The late 1900s brought multiple developments that would drastically improve the functionality of the prosthesis. The first major change occurred when John Sabolich C.P.O., created a new socket that allowed the user’s weight to be distributed more evenly. This game-changing invention, which eventually came to be known as the Sabolich Socket, opened up a new world of socket designs. Figures like Chris Hoyt, Frank Gottschalk, and Tim Staats added even more improvements to this new line of thought. Another great invention was the microprocessor-controlled knee, which was designed by Chas. A. Blatchford & Sons, Ltd., and allowed for quicker responses to changes of pace.
Looking Towards the Future
Recent years have been very rewarding, and the future only looks brighter for those who’ve experienced limb loss. Carbon fiber has been a huge development, which the stronger but lighter material greatly reducing the amount of energy drained from the user. Artificial limbs are also making giant leaps, with new developments happening on a weekly basis.
BioTech – Studying the Past while Changing the Future
We are proud to not only be a current leader in prosthetic technology, but an innovator and early adopter towards future developments! A great example of this is our work with carbon fiber, which has improved the lives of countless patients. We are constantly searching for the next invention that will assist our amazing clients in turning their disabilities into possibilities. Contact us today for more information.