Introducing the Starfish Procedure
Significant advancements have been made in upper extremity prosthetics in recent years. Yet, the goal of independent digital control remains elusive, given the limitations of the human-prosthesis interface. Surface myoelectric signals must be detectable to power these prosthetics, and patients with partial or total hand amputations usually lack the requisite number of functioning, detectable muscles. As a result, patients often abandon the use of current myoelectric hand prosthetics due to the unnatural and nonintuitive ways of controlling them.