Over time, the complexity of technology involved is increasing rapidly, and the Bionic Technology product range is growing fast.
To get certified, I had to successfully complete Össur Academy Trans Tibial and Trans Femoral Competency Seminar, successfully complete Össur Bionic Technology Seminar, participate in a personal tutorial by Össur Clinical Specialist and demonstrate the ability to independently do a successful fitment.
So, I completed all of this in August this year, and became the first prosthetist in South Africa to be certified to fit the Rheo knee and Symbionic prosthetic leg. This certification is valid for 24 months and will have to be continually renewed on a 12 months basis.
For this reason, I attended a Össur Bionic certification program for the Rheo knee and Symbionic prosthesis.
Just a bit more information regarding the above - mentioned products. The knee works on the principals of sense, think, and act.
It is possible for the Rheo knee to sense through angle and force sensors incorporated in the knee, to think via microprocessor gait analysis and to act through artificial intelligence (actuator).
This entirely means that the knee will sense that you are for e.g. walking faster, and will have instantaneous resistance changes to keep up with the sound limb. The “safety” of the knee is proportional to weight bearing, meaning the more weight you put on the knee, the safer it will be. As you progress and become more and more confident, the Rheo knee learns from you as the user, and changes the initial settings that were made in the beginning of your fitting, and will continue to do so for the entire time you are using it! With this knee joint, you will enhance the quality of your life and have a great feeling of security!
The Symbionic leg is the Rheo knee with the ProPrio foot joint together.
The foot is able to adapt to inclines and declines, meaning e.g. it will lift the toe when walking up a ramp, in turn making it a lot easier to walk up hill or down hill, and will lift the toe every time you swing your prosthetic leg forward.
All of this giving you a much more symmetrical gate and a lot more confidence as the risk of toe catching is minimized.
Our patients that has tested the Rheo and Symbionic leg were very impressed and walked with great ease and confidence in their trail period.
These units have a 30 trial period, where you as user can try and test it!