"The new Genium has completely changed the way I live my life and has provided me with the confidence to attempt things that I had thought were beyond me..."
One small step for man, one giant leap for the future of prosthetics - First UK patient receives world's most advanced new bionic leg prosthetic system Genium from Otto Bock to enable movement as never before in lower limb amputees.
An amputee from central London has become the first UK patient to be fitted with a new bionic prosthetic system from mobility experts Otto Bock Healthcare.
The Genium leg, which launches today in the UK, is the first in a new generation of intelligent, microprocessor-controlled leg prostheses that deliver far greater precision and response enabling a wider range of intuitive movements for the user.
The Genium will redefine quality of life and mobility for amputees, providing the closest walking pattern to a natural gait of any prostheses available on the market today.
At 15 years old Matthew Newbury lost his leg when the motorbike he was a passenger on was hit by a 4x4. Today he becomes the first patient in the UK to receive a new, state-of-the-art bionic prosthetic system, fitted by leading private independent healthcare company ProActive Prosthetics. The Genium will allow him to walk up stairs foot-over-foot, walk backwards, manage rough terrain, slopes and stand for long periods of time with his knee locked - feats that have never before been possible in prosthetics.
Property developer Matthew Newbury, now 30, said:
"The new Genium has completely changed the way I live my life and has provided me with the confidence to attempt things that I had thought were beyond me. With previous prosthetics, I was constantly aware and cautious of their limitations - you need to think about every step. With Genium, it does all the thinking for me. I can now easily climb the scaffolding on my housing projects and am able to walk, ride and navigate life without a second thought. It's easy to use, comfortable and I look forward to a future where anything is possible. "The Genium from Otto Bock, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, can differentiate between when a user is standing still and walking. This enables the user to achieve natural weight distribution and stand on flat, uneven or inclined surfaces due to its inbuilt microprocessor-controlled system. It includes 10 modes for special movement patterns such as cycling, cross-country skiing and golf together with programming capabilities via an integrated Bluetooth interface.
Matthew's Genium has a mode that enables him to lock the leg in a position to operate a rudder pedal when he flies airplanes.
"It is very encouraging to see Matthew doing so well with this new knee and we will be watching his progress with great interest," said Matthew Newbury's prosthetist, Richard Nieveen who has managed Matthew's prosthetics for over 14 years. "This change represents the second significant development in this period since the Otto Bock C-Leg, which Matthew has used for the last seven years."
Development of the groundbreaking prosthetic system follows extensive research efforts by Otto Bock's R&D team, together with nearly 15 years of practical experience with the current market leading prosthesis, Otto Bock's C-Leg® system. One of the key technological advancements made with the Genium is the Optimized Physiological Gait (OPG). In addition to alleviating strain on the entire locomotion system of the user, thus preventing subsequent orthopaedic problems, OPG also allows for a gait that is incredibly close to a natural physiological one.
For more information on the Genium prosthesis and Otto Bock's range of innovative solutions that restore mobility, please visit www.ottobock.co.uk or follow @ottobockuk.
About Otto Bock Healthcare - Otto Bock is a world leading supplier of high quality, innovative and practical solutions that restore human mobility and help people to rediscover personal independence. Otto Bock Healthcare is part of the Otto Bock global group of companies established in the UK in 1976. Its wide product range includes high quality prosthetic and orthotic components, wheelchairs, rehabilitation and mobility products available through the country's leading clinics and dealers. With a highly motivated and skilled team of professionals offering expert advice, product sales, service and support, Otto Bock solutions enhance the physical comfort, confidence and mobility of the individual. Otto Bock aims to achieve the best possible outcome for its customers, combining the latest technology with cutting-edge products and services. www.ottobock.co.uk
About ProActive Prosthetics - ProActive Prosthetics was established by prosthetist Richard Nieveen in 2001. The clinic is based at Tanshire Park in Elstead near Guildford in Surrey and provides independent expert advice and treatment in the field of prosthesis. Their facilities include consulting rooms, a casting area, a large well equipped clinical fitting room and prosthetic manufacturing workshop, which allows limb provision from initial consultation to post fitting physiotherapy support. ProActive Prosthetics are experts in socket design and fit. The socket is the interface between the residual limb and the prosthesis and good socket design and fit is fundamental to success. The socket comfort and the "socket comfort score" developed by Richard Nieveen with colleagues is a validated method of measurement, now used nationally.