Medics at Lancashire’s specialist limb centre have become the first in the UK to fit a patient with the world’s most advanced prosthetic knee.
Staff at Lancashire Teaching Hospital’s Specialist Mobility Rehabilitation Centre in Preston are leading the way with what has been labelled “the world’s most technologically advanced prosthetic knee providing the most natural movement possible.”
Experts at the specialist centre have been working in partnership with the Veteran’s Prosthetic Panel and Ottobock who have designed the new Genium X3.
The new prosthetic knee is waterproof and is virtually impenetrable by dirt or dust.
It also allows users to move easily from walking to jogging to running. There is also a mute button so that the prosthesis can be silenced for things like meetings or trips to the cinema.
The Genium X3 also has an increased battery life of more than five days and comes with a Bluetooth remote control so that users can switch between modes when they are on the move.
It offers more physical capabilities than any other prosthetic leg including walking backwards, cycling, climbing stairs and stepping over things.
Gregg Stevenson, 29, who lost both his legs while serving as a Royal Engineer in Afghanistan, has become the first patient to be fitted with the new model.
Gregg said: “I am so pleased to be the first person to use this new leg and I am so grateful to the staff at the SMRC for working so hard to get hold of this for me.
“I have a young son so now I’ll be able to run around and play with him like other parents without having to switch between different limbs.
“Since I was injured, I haven’t been able to go back to work as an engineer because the prosthetic legs I was using before really limited my movement, but now I’m hoping to get back to work. It is fantastic.”
Dr Fergus Jepson, consultant at the centre, said: “It is so pleasing to see a young man who is a double amputee as a result of fighting for his country being given a new lease of life thanks to this amazing new technology.
“We know how much this will enhance Gregg’s life and give him new opportunities and we are so proud to be the first centre in the UK to provide this piece of kit for one of our patients.”