Z Flies! Her Amphibian Air Adventure

POA’s “Z” (bilateral above knee amputee) shared the following video link and message:

“Special thanks to everyone at POA–especially Stan Patterson–for giving me my ‘wings!’ Without sockets which fit comfortably and securely I would not have been able to experience this great adventure, as well as many other things able-bodied people take for granted. With a strong spirit and great team, all things are possible!”

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JR, Bilateral Above Knee Amputee

JR, a bi-lateral above knee amputee who traveled to Orlando from Guam,  is a true example of what can be accomplished with a lot of hard work and determination.  The following video shows JR in various stages of gait, strength, and exercise training.  He also learned how to climb up and down stairs and walk smoothly and with confidence on inclines and uneven terrain.   JR’s Formula for Success

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POA Socket of the Week! 8/27/2012

The POA socket of the week! This is a transtibial NPS vacuum system with a carbon fiber over cover with the phrase “I do my own stunts” laminated on it.  🙂   Our patients have the best sense of humor!

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POA video Patient Profile on Laura Ortiz, BK Amputee, 6/28/2012

Amputee * Triathlete * Warrior — Laura Ortiz of Miami, Florida is all these things and more. She is an example of how the power of determination and persistence can help you triumph over the difficulties life can throw at you. Whether you are a new amputee learning to walk with your prosthesis, or setting your sights on running or participating in the sport of triathlon, Laura’s spirit and personal commitment to succeed is sure to inspire you! POA Patient Profile: Laura Ortiz

New Product! Otto Bock Triton Harmony® (Vacuum) Prosthetic Foot

We have successfully fit several BK patients at POA with this new technology, including Jean Law, a bi-lateral amputee. The main features of the foot are the lightweight integrated vacuum pump and shock absorbing/rotation functionality. Says, Jean, “It feels very light, comfortable and natural; not stiff at the ankle like other prosthetic feet….and I don’t have to use a manual pump!”

These are very exciting times in the prosthetic industry; cutting edge technology has led to the development of several new and revolutionary products! If you would like to see if the Triton Harmony® foot is right for you, or if you are interested in trying some of the other new products and techniques we are now using in our practice, give us a call and make an appointment so we can fill you in!

Paralympic and WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup Champion Evan Strong demonstrates his vacuum prosthetic leg’s holding power

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POA recently fit Paralympic and WSF Para-Snowboard World Cup Champion Evan Strong with a custom NPS vacuum socket.

Before he left, we gave the prosthesis one final check. Stan and Mike were enlisted to lift him upside-down while clipped into his boots and snowboard – our version of an “inverted aerial.” A perfect example of the power of elevated vacuum!

Evan was very pleased with the outcome and looks forward to trying it out on the slopes.

POA patient Nate Winters’ return to baseball, “ESPN Rise” article dated 5/16/2011

ESPN Rise recently published an article about Nate Winters’ return to the mound two years after he lost one leg above the knee and badly injured the other in a boating accident.

Click here to view the ESPN Rise News article

“Amputee Triathlete Overcomes Odds,” Local News Story – KESQ TV, Palm Springs, CA

POA patient Scout Bassett is in the news again! For those of you who don’t know her incredible story, prepare to be amazed and inspired! Click following link to view KESQ interview/video. You can also read more about Scout in the “Living Proof” section of our website. Click here to view KESQ interview