Bionic Implants: Fact or Fiction

11 November, 2020 Deepika Chakraborty

People often complain about their outer biological aspects. For them, their skin color, height, or looks are important and that determines their social and economic status. To some extent, it is the harsh reality that these adjectives play a considerable role in achieving success.

But many people in this world are not blessed enough to only concentrate looks and other body features. People with failed body organs are way more deprived and unluckier to lead a usual life. Some people are deaf, blind, have no arms or legs, have a weak heart, or have a damaged brain due to an accident.

However, these issues no more can stop anyone to lead a conventional life. Advancement in medical science has made it possible for many differently-abled people to live conventionally and more confidently.

Advances in Medical Science

Medical science has always proved its credibility by treating patients and advancement in the medicine discipline has helped the physicians to put more effort into diagnosing and treating their patients in a more advanced way. New technologies and artificial intelligence have shown its magic by improving the lives of differently-abled people. Artificial implants, ocular implants, hearing aids, glasses for blind people are some of the significant examples of medical advancement all over the world.

This implantation in human biological structure is only possible when biological science and the knowledge of electronics work together. Therefore, the concept of bionic implants appears.

What are Bionic Implants?

Many people lose their body parts after meeting with an accident or are deprived of different body parts by birth. In such cases, the biological sciences amalgamate with other sciences like electronic science, artificial intelligence, or information technology to practice bionic implants. The bionic implant is the procedure where artificially produced electronic equipment is replaced with the damaged or missing body parts.

Many times, this implantation works impeccably by outperforming its organic counterpart. They also reduce the dependence on prescription medicines after a surgery in some cases.

However, people often get confused between the term implant and transplant. When the body organs fail and stop performing its role, the concerned physicians transplant the organ after bringing it from the donor. This procedure follows the organic treatment methodology and helps the body to run without any complications. But, in the case of an implant, the physicians take help from other sciences and fix an artificial electronic device that replaces the role of the original organ.

Difference between Bionics and Prosthesis

Bionics and prosthesis both the procedure deal with the replacement of body organs with artificial organs.

A prosthetic limb deals with artificially modified body parts that acts as a place holder enabling the owner with limited use. Sudha Chandran, a famous Indian television actress, who has gone through prosthetic surgery after meeting with an accident, is now living a conventional life and living her dancing dream with a prosthetic leg.

Bionics is a discipline in medical science that deals with scientifically developed electronic organs that work as a normal body part, hence nullifying the need of a transplant from a donor.

What are the Application of Bionics?

One of the first and prime evolution that took place in the medical world was the invention of the pacemaker. Pacemaker was invented in the year 1958 in the USA. It is one of the significant instances of bionic implants.

The second instance is the invention of hearing aid that took place in the year 1980.

Some of the other applications are:

  1. Bionic Arms and Legs
  2. Bionic Eye
  3. Bionic Organs.

Conclusion:

Every day with a new discovery or invention, medical science is becoming a boon for the humankind. The procedure of Bionic implants is enabling people to function normally with all the dignity they deserve. The United States has progressed impeccably in this field; however, India needs more concentration in this field, and many people are still not aware of bionic implants. Our researches and doctors are working effortlessly to stand on everyone's expectations and will soon come out with a positive result.