La Crosse patients try out new prosthetic limb technology
LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WKBT) – A new technology has been tested today at La Crosse for patients suffering from limb loss. While prostheses have improved significantly over the years, it is also a matter of patients finding community.
When Leslie Green, a Hanger Clinic patient advocate and a bilateral amputee, lost her legs, she felt alone.
“When you hear the words ‘Let’s amputate your leg’ the moment you feel it. It’s just abject terror,” Green said. “Instant loneliness, because they tell you this is going to happen, but no one has anything to give you to make your way.”
Things have changed technologically since then. And also, thanks to Green’s defense, the community has grown.
“My goal … to change people’s perception and experience,” Green said. “From the moment they diagnose that someone needs an amputation, that person no longer has to be alone to find out. We’re right there to accompany us.”
Navigating a prosthesis is a learning curve both physically and mentally.
“It takes time to develop gait and it takes practice, and it takes the belief that you can do it,” Green said.
On Thursday, at the Hangar La Crosse Clinic, patients tested a new prosthetic limb technology. New models for knees and feet include microprocessor technology. This allows for easier movement.
“We’ve had a lot of really successful trials and a lot of really positive feedback,” said Craig Armstrong, a Proetor prosthetist. “Lives often change, and that’s one of the things I enjoy working in this industry.”
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