O.P.R.A (Osseointegrated Prosthesis for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) new website coming soon
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OPRA Medical Team Mr Steven Gray, Consultant Specialist Osseointegration Prof Elton Edwards, Orthopeadic Surgeon Prof Michael Leung, Plastic Surgeon Mr John Anstee, Plastic Surgeon Mr Philip…Continue
Added by Mark Lesek on September 30, 2013 at 1:27pm — No Comments
Did you know there is no such thing as a "prescription" for a prosthetic leg - it is really a Detailed Work Order (DWO) to make an insurance carrier to pay due to it being a doctors' order for treatment. For instance if a doctor writes an order for a cane or pair of crutches, your insurance will pay for that too - while you could just go buy them over the counter also, probably cheaper than the co-pay you will pay. More on this later.
I have discovered the C-leg is a powered…
Added by Reginald Burgess on September 26, 2013 at 7:40pm — No Comments
Osseointegration has been discussed and bandied about for years on
various amputee listservs and sites. The claimed advantages (pretty
apparent to most anyone) and drawbacks (rejection and drugs used to
try to prevent rejection) are familiar to people who read about the
Progress is being made.
I received an e-mail from Fred Hernandez that reads:
I am hosting another Osseointegration presentation. Only this time…
Added by Mike Wirth on September 18, 2013 at 2:46pm — No Comments
The first of two petitions submitted to the FDA to get a ruling on why the industry believes an EXTERNAL prosthetic requires a "prescription" is found a muddy way into the process ?? No such thing is true - what it is - is simply a build list a doctor signs after the prostheticist fills it out and discovers how much your insurance will pay. The second petition sent to the FDA shows proof from Ossur - even - a Detailed Work Order (they call a DWO) is NOT a prescription.
via Wired UK:
A Bristol-based roboticist has developed a robotic prosthetic hand
using 3D-printed components that costs as little as £650, which is
much cheaper than existing technology.
Joel Gibbard first came up with the idea for the Dextrus robotic hand
while studying Robotics at the University of Plymouth in 2011. He
developed a prototype for his final-year project, before leaving
university to take up a job as an engineer at National…
Added by Wayne Renardson on September 13, 2013 at 10:01am — No Comments
When carpenter Richard Van As lost four fingers two years ago, he
couldn't afford prosthetics - so he made his own.
A myoelectric hand, which detects a muscle's electric impulses to
activate an artificial limb and costs tens of thousands of dollars,
was out of the South African's reach,
That's when he decided to re-build his right hand, mutilated in a
circular saw accident.
"After my accident, I was in pain, but wouldn't take painkillers. I…
Added by Wayne Renardson on September 11, 2013 at 8:06pm — No Comments
A windowe cleaner who lost his arm in a horror road smash has
designed his own wooden replacement.
Tim Madison says he now feels "whole again" for the first time since
the crash near Eastbourne in February last year.
Doctors were forced to amputate Mr Madison's left arm after the
accident, leaving the 47-year-old "mourning" his lost limb for more
than a year. So he hired private firm Pace Rehabilitation to help him
come up with an "old school" new…
Former bike mechanic and navy veteran Colin MacDuff made national
headlines this spring for the incredible cycle shop feat of
essentially turning eight hours of middle-of-the-night sawing and
welding handlebar parts into a fully functional prosthetic finger.
The revelatory invention pointed MacDuff, who'd lost the first two
digits of his middle finger in an explosives accident in 2010, on a
new career trajectory, as product designer and entrepreneur. He now…
Added by Wayne Renardson on August 22, 2013 at 7:20pm — No Comments
I have worn prior to OI a shoulder disartic socket and prosthesis and since I know without a shadow of a doubt which feels the most natural, obviously OI . One cannot feel the bolt in the bone or the skin on the bolt but gone is the proximal looseness due to the natural leverage and which destroyed the quality of my life in addition the socket friction pushing on to the skin feeling clammy and chafing and pressure of the friction of the inside of the socket and the straps holding this arm…Continue
Added by Mark Lesek on August 14, 2013 at 2:53pm — No Comments
Looking to launch class action suit to get parts direct naming Otto Bock and Endolite but targeting the refusal to sell axiom of the industry to try to get injunctive relief to stop the no sell policy. We have an attorney ready to file - and it will cost you nothing if your situation is useable as a plaintiff. We need primarily above knee amputees who have tried to by their own parts. Any amputee that has tried to buy parts direct - and was refused is welcome however. (or was forced to…Continue
Angel Sanguino built his own arm, which has a number of switches and
sensors that allow him to control it with the movement around his
The electrician started work on the device after he was told he was
to become a father, so he could carry on with his job of fixing
He is now working on a more aesthetically-pleasing arm using
servomotors to allow him to control his prosthesis faster and with
Added by Wayne Renardson on July 27, 2013 at 6:38pm — No Comments
Hi I am a single above knee amp who has for the last twenty years used a simple pegleg with an otto bock 4bar linkage knee. I work on my farm and have a nursery business so I get dirty, wet and have to walk on brocken ground every day. The technology is all very good but for me completely unaffordable and I am told likely to fail in these scenarios.
I live in Australia and my problem now is that because less and less people use pegs there is no standardised, registered base available…Continue
Creating a repository of every FDA-approved replacement part for
amputees, to make it easier for them to find the best ways to rebuild
In the Iraq and Afghanistan wars alone, nearly 1,600 American
soldiers have woken up without a limb. Fifteen survivors of the
Boston marathon bombings are new amputees. And in Sierra Leone, where
MIT graduate student David Sengeh is from, brutal tactics during the
Added by Wayne Renardson on June 30, 2013 at 7:11am — No Comments
via Gadget Review
Watch as this amputee controls a robotic arm using, well, his
nervous system. And don't forget about the Luke Arm.
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University used a flat interface
nerve electrode (FINE) to demonstrate direct sensory feedback. By
interfacing with residual nerves in the patient's partial limb, some
sense of touch by the fingers is restored. Other existing prosthetic
limb control systems rely solely on visual…
Added by Wayne Renardson on June 27, 2013 at 9:22pm — No Comments
See me at the ACA conference for a demonstration of new function for short stump above elbow amputees who normally at my level give up wearing a prosthesis and to disprove the US myth and fear that this treatment fails because of infection- after 4 years it only gets better with no infection what so ever and living proof that this treatment works.
I am a 56 y o very short upper dominate arm amputee due to a car wreck 9 years ago, so short that amputees at my…
Added by Mark Lesek on May 25, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments
First they DELETE Jon's and my comments from their "6 million dollar man" type bionic hype article and edit it to make it less imbecile looking.
So I re-post the comment recently.
Then they laugh off 3D printing for everyone.…Continue
Added by Wolf Schweitzer on May 20, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments
I was born with a congenital amputation below the right elbow. Because I have always been this way - I have naturally (IMHO) adapted in most scenario to my one-handed'ness. I have had different prosthesis's over the years - but rarely wear or use them.
I am currently starting flying lessons. Being a little head of myself, I am part owner of a 1946 Fleet Canuck that…Continue
Added by John Montgomery on April 25, 2013 at 2:01pm — No Comments