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  1. Lost my leg in about the same way, it was a crushing accident at my work. Had a steel bar roll off a fork lift, and two weeks later due to compartment syndrome they amputated above knee. It has been five years next month and getting along pretty well. Have been on my current knee for about a year.

    hang in there.

    Any questions feel free to email me jamesrwolf@gmail.com or post here.

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  2. The Two Top Mountain Adaptive Sports Foundation, a nonprofit based at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg Pennsylvania, is one of America's newest adaptive sports programs for people with disabilities. This rapidly growing program services wounded troops in the nearby Baltimore/Washington region, as well as civilian athletes with a wide range of disabilities.

    On Monday, they will hold their annual 100K Vertical Challenge. Ten teams and 30 individual will ski over 100,000 vertical miles. You can come to Whitetail to cheer them on, or sponsor the event from the comfort of your own home.

    Proceeds will support the work of the Foundation in providing sports education and training to people with a range of disabilities, both winter and summer.

    News articles about the Foundation and the Challenge can be read here and here.

    Best wishes,

    Steve

    Just saw this post, wish I had seen it earlier. Im in the Philadelphia area, will try to make it on Monday if possible.


  3. Thank you all.

    I am just starting to learn my way around and already feeling at home.

    Should have a profile pic up soon.

    Be happy, healthy and thankful to be alive.

    Welcome from another from PA. Im in the Bucks County area. You'll find all the answers to your questions here.


  4. Received a new socket yesterday, its a proseal socket from otto bock, with the e harmony vacuum assist. Anyone using this could give me some tips on the use of this socket?

    Thanks in advance

    Well I have had this socket for three weeks, and the seal ring has fallen out 2 times, its on its way back to Otto Bock again. Hope I didn't make a mistake in getting this socket.


  5. Hi,

    I just picked up my second socket with the Proseal system this morning. This socket is my third since I became an right through knee amputee in August 2010. My first socket had a seal attached to a stocking type hose. The seal was okay to start but soon didn't hold the suction very well. Any time I got up after sitting down I had to be sure to get back into the socket fully or I would be riding high on that side. The second socket using the Proseal system gave me great suction. I had no leakage what so ever when I sat down even on a hard surface.

    The need for this third socket was the ongoing limb shrinkage that made the overall socket way to roomy. I hope the limb shrinkage will slow down since I'm a year plus from the surgery. I'm not sure if it makes a difference but I do wear a silicone liner under the socket to help protect scaring and a graft site. If you do decide to try it let me know what you think of the seal.

    Good luck.

    Im thinking on going with it, unless I hear more on here, the hard carbon fiber socket I have now has to go.

    I will keep you informed, thanks for your input!

    Jim

    Otto Bock recommends the Harmony VASS system to go along with this socket, don't know if I want a vac. hose running down my leg to get caught, or the Harmony e sytem that has to be charged. Any one use any of these Vass systems?


  6. Hi,

    I just picked up my second socket with the Proseal system this morning. This socket is my third since I became an right through knee amputee in August 2010. My first socket had a seal attached to a stocking type hose. The seal was okay to start but soon didn't hold the suction very well. Any time I got up after sitting down I had to be sure to get back into the socket fully or I would be riding high on that side. The second socket using the Proseal system gave me great suction. I had no leakage what so ever when I sat down even on a hard surface.

    The need for this third socket was the ongoing limb shrinkage that made the overall socket way to roomy. I hope the limb shrinkage will slow down since I'm a year plus from the surgery. I'm not sure if it makes a difference but I do wear a silicone liner under the socket to help protect scaring and a graft site. If you do decide to try it let me know what you think of the seal.

    Good luck.

    Im thinking on going with it, unless I hear more on here, the hard carbon fiber socket I have now has to go.

    I will keep you informed, thanks for your input!

    Jim


  7. ]I know they don't run with it, due to the impact it would have to take. Void's the warranty Im told.

    That's interesting, Ossur (UK) tried to sell me the original Rheo telling me that one of its advantages over the C-Leg was that you COULD run with it. Why would they have taken that feature away from the product when they upgraded it? I don't doubt what you're saying I'm just amazed that they would effectively make a product less capable than its predecessor.

    On the Ossur site.

    This warranty does not apply if this product (1) was not purchased from Össur or its authorized dealer, (2) has been altered in a way, or (3) has not been used in accordance with Össur’s Instructions for Use (IFU).

    http://www.ossur.com/lisalib/getfile.aspx?itemid=6963

    A quote from the Instructions for use manual for the Rheo Knee

    LOW TO MODERATE IMPACT ONLY.

    • Community and workplace ambulators with ability or potential for cadence variation and ramp/stair descent.

    • Example: shopping, gardening, longer walks, golfing


  8. I'm sorry to thread-jack, but I just got casted for my first real socket (using a cast right now) and I'm going to have to make a decision about a leg soon. My prosthetist recommended a Rheo, but when I look on Ossur's web site I see that it's only rated for a moderate impact level as compared to, say, the Mauch Knee which is rated for sports-type impact. Do you know much about what type of activity the Rheo or Rheo 2 can handle?

    I know they don't run with it, due to the impact it would have to take. Void's the warranty Im told.

  9. My wife was reading a medical website today and noticed a piece about the company Neuros Medical. They have made a neurostimulator specifically for amputees who suffer from nerve pain.

    http://neurosmedical.com/

    I tried to contact them to ask when it would be available, but didn't reach anyone. Anyways, thought maybe someone else would like to know about it.

    Stubby

    Very interested, keep me informed, and I will follow up myself..


  10. I have a simple "shower leg", its UK NHS and similiar to OBL description. Real leg is bent and full of metal after skiing and RT accidents.

    I also use it on the beach; not good for "work out swim" but ine for colling off and splashing about.

    I have a suction socket.

    Photo is just after some snorkelling off the back of a boat.

    Just got the same, or it looks the same from my leg guy. How well does it stay on in the water? And do you float or sink due to it?


  11. 3/27/2011

    Hi Everyone,

    I am also very interested what all the described water legs look like. Any pictures would be greatly appreciated.

    I was able to do a bit of swimming post right knee dis. but was sidelined by a visit to yet another ortho. doc visit to fix a torn rotator cuff acquired while relearning to walk again. I'm hoping to be back in water soon but with short term unorthodox arm movements for a while.

    Thanks,

    Jane

    Still getting use to it, it's very simple, but another nice thing is, it comes apart very easy, can be packed as a carry on.

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