A live demonstration of ITAP

Today I had the pleasure of explaining the benefits of ITAP to a group of clinicians taking part in the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine’s ‘Advanced Prosthetic and Amputee Rehabilitation’ course hosted at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore.  As may be obvious from this website, I’m not reticent when it comes to extolling the virtues of my implant attached prosthetic.  Becoming a live demonstration for the afternoon gave me the ideal platform from which to hopefully influence those that may be able to make this revolutionary technology more commonplace in the future.  Oddly, one of the most commented on properties of my prosthetic leg was its ability to be rapidly removed and reattached due to the quick-release mechanism in the ITAP failsafe component.  I did point out that in everyday use I very rarely have to remove my leg except for showering and sleep no matter how far I walk or what I’ve been up to.  Regardless of the reason, I hope my demo was memorable and may contribute to more amputees getting access to an implant.

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My faithful rheo knee attached to the much commented upon
quick-release failsafe via a shiny new spacer and ceterus
foot encased in a new shell (it won’t stay that clean for long!)

Whilst I was at the hospital I took the opportunity to deliver my leg to prosthetics for a mini service as I had worn out my old foot shell.  As an added bonus I also received a replacement spacer because my old one was apparently faulty.  I should now be ready for a season of serious walking!

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3 Responses to A live demonstration of ITAP

  1. David Robins says:

    Hi

    Can you run with the ITAP? We meet at the above meeting this spring. We are looking into this technique for one of our amputee patient, but he has ask about running and at the moment we cannot find any information about this.

    Your sincerely

    David Robins

  2. admin says:

    Hi David,

    Unfortunately that is a difficult question. My post about running does go some way to providing an answer: http://www.amputee-adventures.org/running/

    In summary, I was advised not to do anything that would exert too great an impact load on the implant, this included running. When given the opportunity to attend a running clinic I decided that my situation should allow me an attempt at running as long as I approached it with caution. I had a go and managed a sort-of jog with no ill effects (watch the video!). With specialist running prosthetics a proper running gait should be possible and I believe they would reduce some of the assocaited impact compared with using conventional prosthetics. I’d love to give a running leg a try!

    As experience with ITAP grows the advice to avoid running may change but it may not. In my opinion, the advantages of ITAP far outweigh any restrictions. If I never get to run again I would still have absolutely no regrets about chossing to have an implant.

    I hope this answers your question.

    Please get in touch if I can be of further help,
    Mark

    • David Robins says:

      Hi Mark

      Thank you for your prompt reply. It is as I thought about the running part but maybe starting carefully and then biulding it up gradually over time the bone would structurally remodel and be able to cope with the excess stresses of running. But the ITAP is in it early stages. Plus you need to think about the fact that it is designed to break on the outside attachment, if you take a nasty fall so the implant does not get damaged? So maybe that would be the limiting factor if during running the forces exceed this fail safe part put into the design.

      Than you again will be in touch when I have some more questions as we have a patient who is asking about this.

      BR
      David

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