The much anticipated Genium microprocessor knee has been released for sale the United States market. This knee stands to change the way that prosthetic knees are seen in the future. The practitioners at OPC are currently working towards certification and will begin fitting patients with this groundbreaking prosthetic knee in the coming weeks.
The Genium knee, by OttoBock, takes the C-Leg technology to the next level. This intuitive prosthetic can determine whether the wearer is standing or sitting and will adjust the position automatically. Stance is released regardless of how the device is weighted, allowing the amputee to move in a variety of directions quickly and safely.
Environmental obstacles, such as curbs and steps, can be traversed quickly by knee flexing . The wearer no longer needs to revert to hip-swing the leg around the obstacle. The Genium knee has complex built-in logic analyzers that quickly adjust the knee to the optimum position for a safe and natural gait.
Unlike many microprocessor knees, the Genium knee features a splash protector. While it cannot be submerged, the wearer doesn't have to worry should he be caught in a rainstorm while walking. This knee is also more compact, enabling amputees with various limb lengths to utilize this prosthetic. The battery charge lasts for five days so the fear of losing power has been virtually eliminated.
The most lauded attribute of this knee lies in the ability of the wearer to walk up stairs leg over leg. The additional sensors built into the prosthetic allow the knee to respond quickly when ascending stairs. This provides for a more natural, and safer, gait pattern.
This is an exciting prosthetic development and we are pleased to bring this technology to our patients! If you are interested in learning more about the Genium knee or think that this prosthetic might be for you, give us a call.