The device consists of an external processor, microphone and battery, and a surgically implanted
internal receiver with electrodes embedded in the cochlea, the tiny snail-shell-shaped organ in the inner ear.
This article takes a look at the surgically implanted
knee, hip and shoulder prostheses, and how cast components are assisting surgeons in rebuilding these parts of the human body.
Or, the body creates a capsule of tissue around the implanted
If that happens, a new device can usually be implanted
after the infection has completely cleared.
5 million medical devices are implanted
in Americans each year.
Four manufacturers were successful in persuading the FDA of this substantial equivalence, and, as a result, more than one million women have been implanted
with the 510K devices.
a New York-based board-certified plastic surgeon, has always favored saline and has implanted
more than 2,500 of the devices.
To date more than 9,000 patients have been successfully implanted
with Clearant Process sterile implants supplied by one of the Company's licensed partners.
The headpiece sends radio waves to the CII Bionic Ear, below, which is implanted
under the skin.
A Nucleus 22-channel device was implanted
in the left ear.
Unlike other groups, the German researchers are designing their device to be implanted
within the retina, where the rods and cones normally reside, rather than on its front surface.
Before, the implanted
device was supplemented with a headpiece and cable that were attached to the sound processor - a pagerlike device that clipped onto the waist or pocket.