New gen of POWER KNEE can help amputees walk again

April 22nd, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, April 22 (ANI): Ossur, a global leader in non-invasive orthopaedics, has developed second generation of the POWER KNEE, the first technology to use sensors, power, artificial intelligence and actuators to provide amputees with the ability to walk naturally and safely without even thinking about it.

In 2006, working in partnership with Victhom Human Bionics, Ossur introduced the POWER KNEE, representing the most advanced technology of its kind with the ability to replace lost muscle function and provide increased safety.

Used mostly within the Department of Defense and the Veterans Healthcare Administration, the POWER KNEE marked a new milestone in amputee mobility, safety and advancing natural motion through a powered gait process.

After three years, working closely with Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and in collaboration with partner Victhom Human Bionics, the next generation of the POWER KNEE has been developed.

“The second generation is smaller, sleeker, quieter, lighter and is expected to become widely used by both unilateral and dual amputees,” said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Paul F. Pasquina, chief, Integrated Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Walter Reed and the National Naval Medical Center, according to Inside Nova.

Lieutenant Colonel Greg Gadson has become the first person in the world to receive the commercially-ready prosthetic knees and will soon be followed by other patients at WRAMC.

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