The future holds the promise of artificial limbs superior to injured arms that surgeons are saving today, says Douglas T. Hutchinson of the University of Utah School of Medicine and chief of hand surgery at several regional hospitals. Hutchinson believes amputation surgery should preserve muscles and nerves to aid future control of prosthetic devices, and he believes that in the future surgeons who perform peripheral nerve surgery will be part of the team fitting amputees with high-end integrated devices. His article surveying the state of bionic-hand research appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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