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Westcoast Brace & Limb is proud to be the first private prosthetic provider in Florida that is Certified to fit the Otto Bock GENIUM Bionic Prosthetic Knee System.
This newest microprocessor knee is similar to the C-leg, and offers newer features. “The Genium™ is the next generation for knee microprocessors,” said Westcoast President Greg Bauer, LPO, CPO. “It has newer features that more closely mimic the natural movement of the human knee. This knee actually propels you up, like when you climb up stairs step over step, or rise from a chair.”
When asked what the feedback has been like with this new knee, Bauer said that with any new technology, there is a learning curve for the patient. “The act of climbing stairs, or walking backwards, is really challenging for an above knee amputee,” he said. “There are real life situations where the ability to perform these actions quickly and safely may be critical. I want my patients to be active, yet safe.” There are many prosthetic knees available, each one with unique features meant to address the functional needs of the user. Bauer cautions any amputee in assuming that the newest technology is the best option for his or her unique situation. “I do love new prosthetic technology,” Bauer says.
“It’s our job, as clinicians, to be familiar with every prosthetic option for each individual patient. But, there’s no one-size-fits-all here.” Where does Bauer see prosthetic technology in 10 years? “If you look back, just in the past few years, things have been moving at the speed of ligh,” he said. “But as advanced as these devices are becoming, it’s with the simple intention of trying to come as close as possible to restore the natural function of a body part. There is a reason the human knee works like it does. That’s not easy to replicate, but we are getting closer and closer. That’s exciting.”
Ascend stairs step over step
Stair ascension is possible due to additional sensory inputs, which allow the user to climb stairs step over step with more natural movements.
Cross obstacles more smoothly
Now everyday obstacles like curbs can be stepped right over—supported by a stable, flexed knee at landing— instead of having to swing the prosthetic leg around.
Walk backwards, forwards—any direction
Genium detects movement in any direction and releases stance independent of body weight, making walking in any direction much more secure.
Stand more easily
With its new Intuitive Stance Function, the Genium can tell when the user is standing and automatically resists further flexion. This allows for a natural distribution of body weight while standing, even on inclines and uneven surfaces.
Sit more naturally
If the user sits for more than 2 seconds (with the thigh parallel to the ground and minimal weight on the leg) the Genium reduces resistance to take a more natural position—and switches to an energy-saving mode!