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The Prosthetic Knee team is partnered with the CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. In the region surrounding our client’s facility, there is a large number of lower-extremity amputations due to various infections and diseases. Often, these patients choose to undergo a more invasive transfemoral amputation to enable them to use a less expensive above-knee prosthesis. The goal of the project is to present the orthopedic workshop at CURE with a manufacturable prosthetic knee design in May of 2023 that provides through-knee amputee patients with a more affordable, aesthetically pleasing, and lightweight prosthetic option, thereby removing the need to undergo an additional amputation above the knee. The poster presents the overarching elements of the prosthetic design in addition to the recently integrated locking and damping components, which aid in the functionality of the knee.
Funding for this work provided by The Collaboratory for Strategic Partnerships and Applied Research.
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Moyer, Josiah D.; Mundis, Josh D.; Bryner, Isaiah D.; Jaloszynski, Nathan E.; Kelchner, Sarah N.; Urich, Carter D.; and Williams, Jamie R. Ph.D., "Prosthetic Knee for CURE Kenya: Design and Manufacturing" (2022). 2022 Collaboratory/Engineering Symposium. 10.