May 7, 2004

Canadian Cyborg

A ground-breaking procedure will fit a nine-year-old boy from Nova Scotia with an implant that can expand without surgery:
The prosthesis, called a Repiphysis, contains a plastic material that can be lengthened without intrusion. Doctors use a device that creates a magnetic field to expand a spring that sits inside the implant. This makes the Repiphysis the first kind of prosthesis that does not require surgery to lengthen as the patient grows.

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