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2010-10-13 16:34:00

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Orthocare Innovations has been honored with the 2010 da Vinci Award, an international award that spotlights the world's most innovative technologies for people with disabilities. Orthocare received the award for its Compas(TM) Computerized Prosthesis Alignment System. Compas(TM) is a first-of-its-kind device that lets people with leg amputations live more active, healthier lives by helping to improve the alignment of their prosthesis. The system also...

2010-09-25 01:33:11

After the loss of a limb, most patients experience the feeling of a phantom limb "“ the vivid illusion that the amputated arm or leg is still present. Damage to the nervous system, such as stroke, may cause similar illusions in weakened limbs, whereby an arm or leg may feel as if it is in a completely different position or may even feel as if it is moving when it is not. Cases of phantom limbs in non-amputees have previously been considered rare events, but a new study published in the...

2010-09-13 12:25:03

Today sees the presentation of a study that, for the first time, shows the results of treatment using prostheses attached to titanium implants in the bones of patients with above-the-knee amputations. It reveals that the treatment improves function and quality of life in nine out of ten patients, and is the result of research carried out at the Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital that is being presented this week at the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and...

2010-09-09 19:43:00

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Avinger, Inc., a medical device company focused on the development of innovative devices to combat peripheral artery disease, announces the enrollment of the first patient in the CONNECT (Chronic TOtal OcclusioN CrossiNg with thE WildCat CatheTer) clinical trial. The CONNECT trial is a prospective, multi-center, non-randomized study intended to evaluate the Wildcat Catheter's ability to cross chronic total occlusions in femoropopliteal...

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2010-08-08 21:10:21

Scientists from Jena University develop a hand prosthesis that eases phantom painThe pain of losing a body part is twofold, as the patients not only suffer from wound pain. Often they are also affected by so called phantom pain. Unlike bodily wounds which will eventually heal, phantom pain often lasts for years and sometimes a lifetime. "Phantom pain is very difficult to treat", says Professor Dr Thomas Weiss from the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena. "Mostly they prove to be highly...

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2010-07-01 07:31:20

Scientists in Germany are examining how 3-legged dogs move to help design and develop robots that can adapt to unexpected conditions The new research looked at walking and running techniques in dogs with fore-limb or hind-limb amputations, using a treadmill and a set of high-tech infra-red cameras. The scientists found different coping techniques or "compensation strategies", depending on which limb was missing, with absent fore-limbs proving more complicated. The study, part of an EU project...

2010-06-07 11:21:00

BOSTON, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Prior failed ipsilateral percutaneous vascular intervention (PVI) in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) predicts poor outcome after lower extremity bypass (LEB), according to a study from the 64th Vascular Annual Meeting presented by the Society for Vascular Surgery®. "Often PVI is the preferred initial revascularization strategy at many centers in patients with CLI, but we sought to determine if previous failed ipsilateral,...

2010-06-07 11:14:00

BOSTON, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Major amputation is often selected over infrainguinal bypass in patients with severe systemic comorbidities because of a presumed decrease in risk of perioperative morbidity and mortality. To investigate this presumption, researchers from the Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston undertook a risk-adjusted comparison of early postoperative morbidity and mortality of high-risk patients undergoing...

2010-03-16 09:53:07

X-ray"“visible bone marrow stem cells dramatically improve ability to build new blood vessels"”offering future possibility of reducing or avoiding risk of limb amputation Bone marrow stem cells suspended in X-ray-visible microbubbles dramatically improve the body's ability to build new blood vessels in the upper leg"”providing a potential future treatment for those with peripheral arterial disease or PAD, say researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 35th...

2010-03-15 13:15:00

New technology offers set of peripheral arterial disease patients with critical limb ischemia excellent way to avoid amputation; results rival bypass surgery and are superior to balloon angioplasty alone TAMPA, Fla. -- In the United States, more than 100,000 amputations are performed each year on individuals with critical limb ischemia, the most severe form of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The number one priority in treating these patients is to re-establish blood flow to avoid limb...


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