Prosthetics and nerves closer to connection

Prosthetic limbs could soon connect with patients’ nerves, allowing increased agility and even restoring a basic sense of touch.

Nerves severed by amputation normally lose their function, but by using a new biocompatible polymer scaffold, researchers have been able to mimic real tissue, allowing nerves to reconnect and continue sending signals.

Researchers discovered that the nerve fibres grew inside the scaffold within the prosthetic limb, meaning such prosthetics could last for decades.

Read more at University of New Mexico