Otto Bock launches next-generation artificial leg with more natural
9 August 2011
Otto Bock Healthcare has launched its next generation C-Leg
featuring mechanical and electronic enhancements that enables users to
achieve an improved and more natural walking pattern.
The new C-Leg offers amputees even more freedom and confidence to
meet the mobility challenges of everyday life.
The C-Leg was the world’s first completely
microprocessor-controlled leg prosthesis to intelligently control
and adapt to an individual's gait. The inbuilt microprocessor allows
it to mimic the actions of the knee and adapt to all walking speeds
in real time. Adjustments in the new model have improved swing phase
control even further to provide easier, smoother movement at the
knee joint with a larger range of movement possible. As a result,
users are able to move expending less energy and without the need to
focus on their prosthesis.
C-Leg technology already provided a high level of stability but
in the new model adaptations have been made to the damping behaviour
of the knee joint to enable the user to achieve balance more quickly
after a trip or stumble. This helps lead to less frequent falls and
an increase in confidence when taking the next step. The new C-Leg
is also more robust with its maximum weight limit increased to
136kg, in combination with suitable tube adapters, so that more
users can take advantage of the mobility benefit it offers.
Otto Bock Healthcare's new C-Leg
“Otto Bock’s R&D team is committed to working in close
cooperation with doctors and patients to support the continuous
development and improvement of user functionality and comfort and
that is why we strived to expand the C-Leg’s capabilities,” said
David Campbell, Sales Manager for the Prosthetics Division at Otto
Bock Healthcare. “Enhancements to the reliability and security of
the prosthesis ensure users are able to walk and continue with
everyday tasks without thinking about the device plus benefit from
increased self confidence and independence during every step.”
Further innovations in the new C-Leg include an additional
activity mode called ‘3rd mode’ that allows extra, individualised
movement patterns to be selected by the user. Adjustable damping
behaviour has also been added for when the battery is drained and
splash protection of the knee joint has been improved.