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There are numerous devices that are considered to be biomedical implants and are used to improve the quality of function for the people who use them. As the name would imply, these are the medical devices and structures that are inserted directly into the body of the patient. They differ from prostheses in that the prostheses are commonly attached to the body rather than being an implant. The biomedical implants are most commonly a product developed from studies in the biomedical engineering industry. This sector uses the problem solving application of engineering science to provide better diagnosis and more effective remedies for a variety of medical problems.
A biomedical implant that has gained widespread use in the past decades are hip replacements. Although the common patient is over 60 and has undergone serious bone and joint deterioration, the hip implants are also used with younger people that have less than optimum joint mobility. The hip implants have proven to be very effective, giving many people a better movement ability and thus improving their quality of life. In some cases, patients may need a second hip replacement procedure due to wear and tear on the implant or other factors.
While the hip implants are relatively common in the United States, there is one biomedical implant that is used far more frequently than all of the others combined. Contact lenses are corrective disks that are put directly on the eyes to improve a person’s vision. Many different variations of contact lenses have been created to match the different eyesight problems that a person may have. It is now possible for a set of contact lenses to be specifically created with the needs of one person in mind, thus creating a personal solution that will work to provide perfect vision to those people with sight impairment.