Artificial Body Parts for Humans

By: Sydney Hall and Gillian Gandolfo

What are they and how are They Currently Being Used?

Artificial body parts are fake structures used to replace missing parts of the body. They have many uses in todays day and age. They are commonly used in military veterans who have lost limbs, as well as in people who were born with defects leaving them without certain body parts. Cancer patients who have needed amputations use artificial body parts often.

Benefits and Disadvantages/ Risks

Benefits of this are the ability to give people a life where they will not be judged based on their disability. Those who have lost body parts are able to have a more normal life and regain some function of the missing extremities. Some disadvantages or risks are that the artificial body parts are costly. There can also be some health problems such as high stress due to the extensive physical therapy it takes to regain muscle function. Skin irritation is also common.

Economic, Physical, Environmental, Social, and Future Effects it has

These artificial body parts for humans are proving to provide enormous changes in the physical appearance of those experimenting with them. They have provided people with prosthetic limbs as well as vital artificial organs such as eyes and skin. To continue, these parts have proven to take an economic toll where some parts can range from $5,000-$50,000 and can become a lifetime expense. On the environmental side, most parts are made from common building materials such as plastic and aluminum and help provide easily manageable body parts without drastically harming our environment in the process. Once the body parts are constructed they help provide the recipient with a more normal lifestyle than what they were accustomed to and give them the opportunities to socialize with others easier making it easier for them both mentally and physically. All in all the future is bright for these artificial body parts and there is no saying as to what the limit is for them.

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