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In addition to giving amputees renewed confidence in each step they take, it has the potential to allow them to return to activities they gave up when Omega Speedmaster 60th
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Robert Jordan, of Arkansas, is a patient model for Otto Bock, and as a 20 year amputee, he knows what Tucker and McCoy are feeling today.
At about $50,000 per unit, Medicare and insurance providers require potential patients to qualify for approval. Jameson said amputees must be fit, active and able to use the technology. Those with health related issues that would prevent them from realizing the benefits of the prosthesis would not qualify.
"I'm sold," he said. "I've only been walking on it for a little while, and I can already tell a huge difference. It feels a lot like I have my real leg to walk on, and I can't tell you how much that would mean to me."
"After losing my leg 17 years ago, this is the closest I will come to being whole again," McCoy said. "It's a little scary to step out Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Strap of my comfort zone and into the unknown. But this new prosthesis can give back part of my life that I lost a long time ago."
There are more than 15,000 of the microprocessor prostheses in use globally, with six in West Texas. Jameson hopes those numbers will continue to climb as more amputees qualify for the prosthesis.
The high tech prosthesis is configured by computer via a wireless Bluetooth connection. A microprocessor incorporated into the knee of the C Leg records 50 readings per second and immediately adjusts the valves of the hydraulic system. The result: The mechanical knee can anticipate the next move and make adjustments to ensure safe, stable and secure steps.
is a stressful thing for amputees you have to look down and concentrate with every step. The C Leg relieves that stress and gives the amputee a normal way of life again. It gives them back what they've lost with their leg confidence."
After several hours of practicing walking and going down stairs, Tucker said he hopes he will gain freedom with the new prosthesis.
Monte Tucker, of Eastland, lost his right leg last year and had to give up his job and several of his hobbies, including bowling.
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Twenty five years ago, Karl McCoy was fascinated by the TV show "The Six Million Dollar Man", which revolved around a character rescued from death and transformed into a superhero through high tech prostheses.
"Something as simple as walking becomes a major issue for amputees fitted with the older prostheses," he said. "Uneven ground or stairs Omega Watch Ladies Constellation
"C Leg evaluates each movement the patient takes and adjusts accordingly. It gives stability, can accommodate changes in surfaces and has a stumble recovery feature," Jameson said.
On Tuesday, McCoy, 45, was feeling a little like the show's main character, Steve Austin, as he was fitted with the newest generation of the C Leg, a cutting edge prosthetic limb.
"After I retired from the Navy, I started driving a truck. The amputation meant I had to quit my job, and I haven't been able to bowl since," he said.
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require amputees to slow down and think about every step they take."
According to Scott Jameson, director of orthotics and prosthetics at WTRC, the biggest challenge amputees face is the lack of stability.
Representatives with Otto Bock HealthCare were at the West Texas Rehabilitation Center in Abilene on Tuesday to give a couple of Big Country amputees the opportunity to try out the revolutionary prosthesis that incorporates a microprocessor in the knee to give stability, flexibility and maneuverability.
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