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Prosthetic Devices

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In medicine, a prosthesis is an artificial device that replaces a missing body part, which may be lost through trauma, disease, or a condition present at birth (congenital disorder). Prostheses are intended to restore the normal functions of the missing body part, such as mobility and functionality. Rehabilitation for amputees is typically coordinated by a physiatrist, who works as part of an interdisciplinary team, which may include prosthetists, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. The process of creating prostheses can involve both manual techniques and computer-aided design (CAD) technology, which allows for the design and analysis of the prosthesis through computer-generated 2-D and 3-D graphics, as well as optimization tools.

When it comes to medical insurance coverage, prosthetic devices are often considered a benefit and are typically covered by most policies, but it is important to check with your insurance provider to understand the specific coverage and reimbursement options available.