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    The role of microprocessor controlled KAFOs: Patient benefit and results 6 years after introduction and future perspectives


    10/8/19 | 9:15 AM – 10:30 AM time


    Thomas Schmalz, Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA/Clinical Research & Services (Goettingen, Germany)

    Shenan Hoppe-Ludwig, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (Chicago, USA)

    Michael Schaefer, POHLIG GmbH (Traunstein, Germany)

    Andreas Hahn, Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA/Clinical Research & Services (Wien, Austria)

    Session format
    Advanced Instructional Course
    Room 2A, Exhibition Hall 2
    Orthotics: Lower Limb
    Target audience
    Congress registrants only
    Session Chair

    Thomas Schmalz



    In 2012, the microprocessor controlled KAFO “C-Brace” was introduced to provide greater mobility and safety to patients with severe deficits in leg control. This system enables controlled knee flexion during weight bearing and variable speed during swing, providing features not available in conventional KAFO or SCO designs. Together with a state-of the art safety algorithm, patients with complex lower limb muscle paralyses are able to execute a wide range of ADLs in a safer and biomechanically more effective way.

    Following an overview of known KAFO principles, the symposium highlights to date`s evidence showing the benefits experienced by patients. The symposium summarizes results from the biomechanical comparisons between C-Brace and conventional KAFOs, measured in different ADLs. Both clinical and biomechanical parameters document that the primary patient benefit of fittings with C-Brace is an increased level of safety.

    Results from a first landmark randomized controlled trial confirm such findings. Early investigations on the latest C-Brace generation demonstrate further improvements with respect to safety and usefulness in daily life. Examples of practical patient fittings show that the use of the C-Brace principle enables patient performances and quality of life that are not achievable with KAFOs based on conventional orthotic knee joint principles.

    Statement of the objective / learning objectives

    Based on scientific data and clinical fittings examples, the symposium demonstrates benefits that patients with severe deficits in leg control can expect from use of a microprocessor controlled KAFO “C-Brace”.

    This session focuses on the topic Orthotics: Lower Limb Neurological.

    Simultaneous Interpretation


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