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.
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!