Optimus Prosthetics
News and Notes for MEDICAL PROFESSIONALSJanuary 2012
In This Issue
Optimus Patient Lends His Basketball Skills
The Genium Knee
Todd Kuiken Gives TED Talk
Optimus Academy Update
Our Calendar  

Completing the second course this month:


Vandalia Park
01/10/2012 @ 12:00


Franklin Ridge

01/12/2012 @ 12:00



01/16/2012 @ 12:00


Dayton VAMC  

01/31/2012 @ 12:00


Completing the third course this month:


Crestview Manor
01/09/2012 @ 12:00


Oak Creek Terrace 01/18/2012 @ 12:00


Completing the seventh course - 'Revolutionary Prosthetic Advances' - this month:


Kettering Hospital 

01/10/2012 @ 12:00


Hillspring of Springboro

 01/11/2012 @ 12:00


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Optimus Patient Lends His Basketball Skills to Assist With "Prosthetics for Therapists" Series   


Meet Air Force Captain, Chris Trobough, Optimus Patient and Transfemoral Amputee.   Chris was diagnosed with Soft Tissue Sarcoma in July, 2010, which resulted in approximately 2 dozen tumors in his left leg and, ultimately, amputation above the knee in March of 2011.  


We first met Chris the week prior to his amputation surgery. "I was so impressed with Chris, right from the start," says John Brandt, CPO for Optimus Prosthetics. "Here was this young dad, with young kids, facing this challenge - but he was always upbeat, always positive. He was active and strong, and was already setting goals for after the amputation. I knew he was going to be a great prosthetic candidate!"  


When asked how he was able to stay so positive and get through such a challenging situation, Chris cites three things: 1. His faith in God. 2. His two little girls, Whitley Claire and Natalie. And 3. "I never forgot the fact that really, I'm blessed. There are so many people out there who are so much worse off than me. There are people who have lost both legs. I always remembered that, and never felt sorry for myself."


When asked how his life has changed since the amputation, his surprising answer was, "Not much, really. I'm still doing almost all of the things I did before. I might not do them at the same level, but I'm still doing them - like playing basketball, and running for example."


Speaking of running, Chris will begin working with his therapist in the Spring specifically on running, as he has his eyes on a goal he set for himself - to run the Air Force 5K this September! Knowing Chris as we do, we have no doubt he will reach that goal, and we are looking forward to being with him to see it happen. In fact, some members of the Optimus Prosthetics staff are making plans to join him on his run!


As for his basketball skills, Chris was gracious enough to lend them to the Optimus Academy for the newly updated "Lower Extremity Prosthetic Gait Training" course for therapists.


"Chris was a pleasure to work with as he volunteered as a model for our Gait Training course," says Scott Schall, CP and creator of the "Prosthetics for Therapists" series. "The video shoot took 6 hours over 3 visits to Optimus and will be used for the 'Gait Training Program' and 'Advanced Gait Training Activities' segments of the aforementioned course."


"I was glad to help out," Chris says. "I want to do whatever I can to help anyone in the amputee community - both patients and therapists - to gain any knowledge that will help the process. If they can see the face of someone who is out there doing it - that might give them the motivation they need to keep going."


The other part of his willingness to help out, Chris explained, was because of his experience with Optimus Prosthetics. "Working with Optimus has been great! With them - there are no egos. There is no sense that 'I'm the professional and I know what's best for you.' Instead, they really listen. Any time I felt like something wasn't quite right, they worked with me until it was. You can tell that they really want what's best for the patient - and I was more than happy to help them in any way I can."


Be sure to look for Chris in action in the updated "Lower Extremity Prosthetic Gait Training" course; part of the "Prosthetics for Therapists" series!


Optimus Prosthetics introduces: The Genium Knee

Optimus Prosthetics is proud to offer the Genium Bionic Prosthetic System from Otto BockŪ-the same manufacturer who brought us the proven C-LegŪ.  


The Genium is a state-of-the-art prosthetic knee joint that's controlled by an integrated microprocessor and sophisticated sensory system to mimic the user's natural gait more closely than any other prosthetic knee has before. With its onboard gyroscope and accelerometer that constantly receive and process input from the physical environment (spatial position and speed), the Genium is the smartest prosthetic knee in the world-using the same technology as interactive video game systems and electronics to adjust to and optimize user motion, safety, and comfort. It's an entirely new technology platform designed to react to changing situations quickly and with very precise responses.   


The Genium prosthetic knee is water resistant, has a long battery life of five days per charge, and easily adapts to different levels of activity ranging from sitting and standing to navigating difficult terrain and participating in athletic and recreational pursuits. Genium users are able to move through life just as anyone else does; with the freedom to walk up and down stairs, move in any direction, and step over obstacles without limitation. And all with a natural, fluid motion and stability that inspires confidence.


To read all about it, and see the Genium in action, click here.
Todd Kuiken Gives TED Talk on Bionic Arms

From the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University  



Todd Kuiken, professor of biomedical engineering at McCormick and of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Feinberg School of Medicine, recently gave a TED talk about his creation of a prosthetic arm that reads nerve impulses and provides the user with touch feedback.

Using an innovative procedure called targeted reinnervation surgery, Kuiken, who is the director of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago's Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs, grafted the nerve endings that once went into an amputee's limb onto the amputee's pectoral muscle.

Once the nerve endings grew into their new location, Kuiken and his team could use sensors to read the impulses of the nerve to move a prosthetic limb. Unexpectedly, these nerve endings were also able to receive input, meaning that new prosthetic devices could actually provide touch sensation to the user as a real limb would.

Kuiken, who received his PhD in biomedical engineering from Northwestern, works with
Ed Colgate, Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Senior Professor in Design, and Michael Peshkin, professor of mechanical engineering, using their research in haptics-tactile feedback technology that uses touch as an interface-to give the arm "touch feedback" capabilities.


*Watch his TED talk here.


Optimus Academy 'Prosthetics for Therapists' Update
by Scott Schall  


Have you had some staff turnover since beginning your series of courses? Most courses have been updated and have received new approval numbers. If you'd prefer, we can start again with the first course, and bring your entire staff up to date. Call to schedule a course today!


Quarterly Course Listing

  1. Prosthetic Overview
  2. Transtibial Prosthetics
  3. Transfemoral Prosthetics
  4. Lower Extremity Prosthetic Functional Level Prediction & Outcomes Measurement
  5. Upper Extremity Prosthetics
  6. Revolutionary Prosthetic Advances
  7. Lower Extremity Prosthetic Gait Training
  8. Lower Extremity Prosthetic Gait Deviations
  9. Partial Foot / Symes / Knee Disarticulation / Hip Disarticulation
  10. Microprocessor Controlled Knees

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