Technology

Advances in technology, materials and design are the momentum behind the newest generation of upper extremity prostheses. We work with manufacturers all over the world to help design, test and improve new products. Recent tech trends include: multi-articulating hands with specialized grasp patterns; custom electric digits for finger amputees; custom fabricated silicone interfaces that accelerate comfort; and innovative surgical techniques that may significantly improve a person’s ability to use a prosthesis. New technologies present an increasingly brighter future for people who rely on upper extremity prosthetics.

Bionic Technology in Prosthetics

Many believe that bionic technology is the wave of the future, but at Gulf Coast, we are confident that the future is already here. Though other descriptions exist within the prosthetic industry, Gulf Coast defines bionics as powered motion with a motor and real-time adjustment capability.

These components astound many with their lifelike functionality and ability to give feedback to the user. We are proud to offer such dynamic components to the amputees we serve. Additionally, we have access to sophisticated prosthetic devices that manufacturers and other prosthetic providers consider bionic.

While there are many bionic and non-bionic prosthetic components to suit a variety of needs, not everyone is a candidate for the most advanced devices and not every insurance plan provides coverage. We encourage clients to contact us for more information and talk with their prosthetists about what is right for them.

Bionic Components for a Prosthesis

  • The BiOM Ankle System from iWalk is designed to increase mobility with revolutionary propulsion technology, while reducing energy demands and stress on the body.
  • The Power Knee from Ossur is a motor-powered prosthetic knee that benefits the user with symmetry, strength, and endurance.
  • The Proprio Foot from Ossur gives heightened stability and mobility to amputees through lifelike powered-ankle motion.
  • The Symbionic Leg from Ossur combines the Proprio powered ankle and the Rheo microprocessor knee to create a bionic leg system.
  • The iLimb from Touch Bionics appears and functions like a biological hand, featuring natural joints as well as automated grip patterns and gestures.
  • The Bebionic from Steeper is an advanced myoelectric prosthetic hand that encourages a lifestyle of independence for the user.
  • The Boston Digital Arm System from Liberating Technologies supplies the necessary torque for a variety of tasks, with on-board software for control.

 

Non-Bionic Prosthetic Technology

  • The C-Leg from Otto Bock, the original completely microprocessor-controlled knee, has become a standard device in prosthetic care.
  • The Genium from Otto Bock is a newer development in microprocessor technology, and this knee unit is meant for high-activity amputees.
  • The Helix 3D Hip from Otto Bock incorporates revolutionary technology for a natural walking pattern by mirroring pelvic rotation.
  • The Rheo Knee from Ossur is a sophisticated prosthetic knee that allows for natural movement and functionality during any activity.
  • The Orion Knee from Endolite is a microprocessor knee with on-board programming and responsive technology to achieve a relaxed gait.

 

Conventional Prosthetic Components

There are a variety of conventional upper-extremity and lower-extremity products available to Next Step clients and prosthetists. We offer these prosthetic components for shoulders, elbows, hands, hips, knees, ankles, feet, liners, sleeves, socks, sheaths, and other supplies. Regardless of the technology employed, each item works in conjunction with a custom-made socket to achieve optimal prosthetic fit and function for the amputee.