help for those in need of prosthetic limbs

Advanced Amputee Solutions in St. Clair Shores, MI, will begin testing on a prototype for a cushioning device designed to reduce pain and discomfort caused by prosthetic limbs. Known as the C.I.E.P., this polymer product is designed to cushion the cut bone, a problematic and painful area for all amputees.

Testing of the device, which is implanted during surgery, will be made possible by $100,000 in early stage funding awarded by Quantum Medical Concepts in East Lansing, MI.

The market for prosthetic devices is growing, says Gordon Maniere, founder and CEO of Advanced Amputee Solutions. Approximately 185,000  people experience an amputation each year in the U.S. The main causes of amputations are vascular disease, including diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (54 percent), trauma (45 percent) and cancer (less than 2 percent).

“The number of people worldwide with diabetes is expected to grow from 285 million (cases) to 435 million by 2030,” Maniere says.