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Just thought I'd complain a bit about the progress on my water leg..... :glare:

The water leg is actually the second leg that my guys intend to build for me this summer. After several attempts at getting my insurance to upgrade my regular walking leg, everything finally fell into place this time, so a new walking leg is "first up." This is a very good thing, I know! However, this one has been a real challenge to get right. I'm on my second casting, my third check socket, and they've just ordered me my second trial foot. Beyond that, my CPO has been ill recently, so it's slowed down their usual schedule. (I don't blame anyone for that, but it's yet another delay.....sigh...)

They want the walking leg "perfect" as they intend to use that as the model for the water leg...in effect, two legs for not much more than the price of one. Since I'm the one paying for the water leg, that's also a good thing! But we started this process with a request from my podiatrist back in MAY. Then there was all the negotiation with my HMO...and then all the time spent on check sockets and foot trials...and now JULY is almost over! It just seems like it's never-ending........

I hope that I actually will have a water leg before the summer is out!

Okay... I've had my "gripe" and I feel better.......................

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Hi all,

if you're interested in seeing an Aqualeg AK prosthesis in real, check our video of this summer's test: I went on holidays with only an Aqualeg during two months. The objective was to test the concept of a walking leg that can also be used in water. It's not anymore the concept of a "swim leg". We want to show to manufacturers and prosthetists that improving in this field is not only bringing more and more electronics but also thinking at what is for valid people so simple: enjoying summer activities or just having a shower with a prosthetic leg. The point is not only to have a leg looking like a real one for those who do no like this, but only to bring to normality having a waterproof leg, whatever we want it to look like. If one manufacturer will do it, the others will follow.

http://www.swim-prosthesis.com/savoirfaire-en.html (bottom of the page)

It's me on the video!

Do no hesitate to leave your feedback

Fred

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ive been considering getting a water leg, i ruined more legs than i can count. i believe im the reason warenties have been shortened hahahahaha

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Hi all,

if you're interested in seeing an Aqualeg AK prosthesis in real, check our video of this summer's test: I went on holidays with only an Aqualeg during two months. The objective was to test the concept of a walking leg that can also be used in water. It's not anymore the concept of a "swim leg". We want to show to manufacturers and prosthetists that improving in this field is not only bringing more and more electronics but also thinking at what is for valid people so simple: enjoying summer activities or just having a shower with a prosthetic leg. The point is not only to have a leg looking like a real one for those who do no like this, but only to bring to normality having a waterproof leg, whatever we want it to look like. If one manufacturer will do it, the others will follow.

http://www.swim-prosthesis.com/savoirfaire-en.html (bottom of the page)

It's me on the video!

Do no hesitate to leave your feedback

Fred

hi, just watched you video, i can't believe how good that is, makes my swim leg look ancient!!

very impressed!!

maggie

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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?

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I am so impressed with the Aqualeg, FR68! Did you get it thru your prosthetist? I really WANT one.

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Hi mmarie,

Thanks very much for your post. Aqualeg is located in France and will begin the production in a few weeks. In the coming weeks the website will communicate about the opening of our new office. We are actually making the final tests in partnership with hospitals. The patients will be able to ask this leg to their usual prosthetist. This service will be available for all european prosthetists. We intend to make this available in the US the year after.

The below the knee Aqualeg will allow patients to walk normally all day round and will also be able to be used the same way for shower, beach, and swimming pool. It's not anymore necessary to change the leg when you want to get to the water. The cost of the Aqualeg waterproofing itself could be included in the price of a new leg (with components compatible with Aqualeg) and could be entirely obtained through your national or private insurance, depending of course of your insurance. We will communicate about the prosthetists and insurances in partnership with Aqualeg. As soon as we will communicate about the opening, ask your prosthetist to contact us.

Check the Aqualeg website in the coming weeks.

If you want more precise informations, feel free to contact me by personnal message or through the Aqualeg website.

Frederic

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Thanks, Frederic. Will look forward to hearing more about the Aqua leg.

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Hi mmarie,

Thanks very much for your post. Aqualeg is located in France and will begin the production in a few weeks. In the coming weeks the website will communicate about the opening of our new office. We are actually making the final tests in partnership with hospitals. The patients will be able to ask this leg to their usual prosthetist. This service will be available for all european prosthetists. We intend to make this available in the US the year after.

The below the knee Aqualeg will allow patients to walk normally all day round and will also be able to be used the same way for shower, beach, and swimming pool. It's not anymore necessary to change the leg when you want to get to the water. The cost of the Aqualeg waterproofing itself could be included in the price of a new leg (with components compatible with Aqualeg) and could be entirely obtained through your national or private insurance, depending of course of your insurance. We will communicate about the prosthetists and insurances in partnership with Aqualeg. As soon as we will communicate about the opening, ask your prosthetist to contact us.

Check the Aqualeg website in the coming weeks.

If you want more precise informations, feel free to contact me by personnal message or through the Aqualeg website.

Frederic

Very interesting video. But I have doubts. Whether you can make such universal artificial limb if short kul'tya of shins - 4-5 centimeters below a knee. How the artificial limb will keep and not to slip? Whether it will be possible to bathe in such artificial limb in salty sea water?

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Hi Tonya,

Aqualeg's concept is made on the basis of elements selected and adapted for the use in saltwater or swimmingpools, only those Aqualeg compatible elements are used. Those elements are guaranteed for this purpose by Aqualeg and the manufacturers.

You're right Tonya, of course all patients can not have an Aqualeg. It's the case for patients with very short limbs or hips disarticulation, actually we have no solutions for them.

The patient is obtaining an Aqualeg through HIS prosthetist. His prosthetist will be the one and only one to make the socket, the adaptation of the elements (feet, knee, length etc...), HE will decide if his patient is able to have an Aqualeg. He will have the technical datas to decide.

Frederic

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Hi all,

I received some mails to give some news from this Aqualeg project. So voilĂ : We recently made an "Hybrid" below knee prosthetic leg for a patient coming from Texas . This concept of prosthetic legs made with functional components selected for their water resistance as plus point will probably become a standard, especially for BK amps (for Ak amps the waterproof knees are still limited). We are actually discussing a wide distribution with major companies, this patient's dream (mine first but shared with many others now) will become a reality very soon as a very normal offer. It is already possible in Europe.

We, patients, have an active role to play. I had to battle to make leg guys understand that playing with my kids at the sea, going for a week-end with my wife in a hotel with swimming pool, or dipping into a pool with my friends at a barbecue party is not a minor thing. It's as important as having a good foot, adjustment etc... They all agreed, surprinsingly fro me!

At the international trade fair in Leipzig we will show a little surprise: an impressive design leg made for a patient. Just for fun. We will show the pictures end of May.

FRED

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