Navigation Links
California Woman Receives Most Advanced, Non-Invasive Upper Extremity Prosthetic Solution: Bionic i-LIMB Hand and Innovative Interface System Increase Amputee's Functionality and Confidence

California Woman recently fit with the most advanced non-surgical upper extremity prosthetic solution commercially available - Touch Bionic's i-LIMB Hand and biodesigns' selective compression-stabilization interface. Amputee now feels renewed feeling of freedom and independence. The perfect gift for the holidays.

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) December 21, 2008 -- Revolutionary new prosthetic technology has made life easier and more fulfilling for a California woman who is an upper extremity amputee. Telisa Boston was recently fit with the most advanced non-surgical upper extremity prosthetic solution commercially available - Touch Bionics' i-LIMB™ Hand, the world's first fully-articulating and commercially-available bionic hand, coupled with the innovative selective compression-stabilization interface system created by Randall Alley, CEO and chief prosthetist of biodesigns.

Biodesigns, inc., a high-performance Southern California prosthetic facility specializing in technologically-advanced upper and lower extremity care, recently evaluated Boston and determined she was a candidate for this revolutionary myoelectric solution.

Boston, who lost her right arm at the age of 16 due to a rare tumor, previously only wore a cosmetic or passive prosthesis and was in need of a more functional solution to better handle her duties as a highly-visible public relations and sales professional for a cosmetic dental company. In her position, she coordinates media events and works with the public at industry trade shows but is also required to assist with booth set-up and lift packages weighing up to 50 pounds. Boston works on a computer daily, and her job performance was hindered by the inability to use two hands while typing.

Alley, both a licensed and board certified prosthetist, has specialized in upper extremity prosthetic care for over 16 years, and knew the revolutionary i-LIMB Hand and his innovative interface system would enable her to accomplish her goals at work and encourage her to more actively use her right arm.

"Telisa unfortunately suffers from severe carpal tunnel syndrome on her biological hand because it performs all activities requiring grip, due in large part to the lack of active prehension provided by her cosmetic prosthesis. However, with the improved functionality of the i-LIMB she will more easily perform bimanual activities, alleviating much of the stress on her left hand," Alley said.

The i-LIMB Hand is a breakthrough for upper extremity prosthetics and was recently name a top invention for 2008 by TIME Magazine. Its five individually-powered digits provide Boston with a new level of dexterity, allowing her hand to open and close around objects more naturally and securely because they conform to the shape of the object. Now she can easily perform daily tasks such as typing on a keyboard, carrying products at a trade show, and creating presentations.

"My new arm is the best thing to happen to me!" Boston said. "Words cannot describe this renewed feeling of independence that I have. Having lost my arm at such a young age, I was never able to do the simplest of things without assistance, like tying my shoes or holding my purse. I can't wait to go shopping; usually I need someone to help me carry my bags while I look around or I would have to leave the bags on the floor. Now I can shop and carry on my own! You get so used to modifying the way you do things, I sometimes forget that I can do things normally, or at least like I used to. I feel free. This is the best holiday gift ever."

Boston will also be receiving a custom silicone covering for the prosthetic system, creating an extremely natural appearance which closely mimics her biological arm and hand, boosting Boston's confidence in a professional setting. The covering will be hand-painted by a specially trained artist.

Alley's selective compression-stabilization system is a biomechanical breakthrough in prosthetic interface design. It offers superior stability, comfort, feedback and efficiency of movement, and is the interface foundation for DEKA Research's "Luke Arm Project," funded by DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). The Alley interface system is set to undergo clinical trials in concert with the Luke Arm and will establish new benchmarks in upper and lower extremity prosthetic and orthotic comfort and performance.

"Randy's expert knowledge of upper extremity prosthetics has truly been useful in that he has helped me to fully realize the magnitude of things I can do again with this bionic hand," said Boston. "None of the other prosthetists I have worked with specialized in upper extremity prosthetics. Most work on lower extremities and help upper extremity amputees from time to time. Randy is the expert on arm prosthetics, and it truly makes a difference."

With her new i-LIMB Hand and sophisticated interface, Boston is better able to communicate and interact with associates using hand gestures and has improved her work performance since she was fitted. She now feels assured that audiences are focusing on her message, presentation and physical demeanor, instead of her physical challenges.

About biodesigns, inc.
Southern California-based biodesigns inc. is a technology-driven prosthetics company specializing in advanced upper and lower extremity patient care and product development. The company's proprietary approach utilizes high tech laser scanners, innovative clinical casting and fitting techniques, and the most biomechanically advanced prosthetic interfaces (sockets) available. Biodesigns works with all levels of upper and lower extremity patients, but especially caters to highly active, technology-driven individuals who demand more from their prostheses. For more information, visit

# # #

Read the full story at

Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2008 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Southern California Childrens Hospitals to Receive $125,000 Holiday Gift From Ralphs and Food 4 Less
2. Nearly 6.4 million Californians lack health insurance, report shows
3. California Rules to Cut Diesel Truck Pollution Called Most Sweeping in U.S.
4. Free Choice? Not For SEIU Members in California
5. California SEIU Members Support Single Union Uniting Long-Term Care Workers
6. Nursing Data on Patient Safety in California Will Expand to Include Two Pacific Northwest States
7. California Health Industry Leaders Help Launch National CEO Coalition for Health Reform
8. Proposed Truck Clean-Up Rule Will Save Billions in Health-Related Costs for Truckers and Other Californians
9. Southern California Rehabilitation Clinic is Hiring Bilingual Therapists to Better Serve the Hispanic Communities of Mexico and the United States
10. Blue Shield of California Celebrates Completion of New Lodi Campus
11. LA BioMed researchers among Southern California Super Doctors
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
California Woman Receives Most Advanced, Non-Invasive Upper Extremity Prosthetic Solution: Bionic i-LIMB Hand and Innovative Interface System Increase Amputee's Functionality and Confidence
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... RoamRight, a leading provider ... with Public Television’s Travel With Kids to promote family vacations around the ... as they explore international destinations and educate families about the people and places of ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Advocare Orthopedic ... orthopedic care. Led by John Vitolo, M.D., the center offers their patients ... team at Advocare Orthopedic & Sports Medicine is ready to help their patients ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 ... ... according to a new study by UPMC and KingMed Diagnostics ... UPMC over three years found that consultation with UPMC pathologists resulted in significantly ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... ... The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) announced today that it has ... 30, ASCP shared its “Give a minute. Get tested. Find a cure.” icon and ... getting tested for HIV. , ASCP has asked members to replace their Facebook, Twitter, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... An inventor from Charlottesville, ... the womb. "My last baby had high blood pressure due to loud noises," she ... protect their babies from noise pollution as well as radio waves and microwaves." , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... BOSTON , Nov. 30, 2015  Kevin ... of Sensium Healthcare, a global pioneer in wireless ... Boston, MA , Mr. Smith ... of Sensium,s global commercial strategy.  He will also ... universities, to build clinical evidence for SensiumVitals, the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  The fee-for-service ... in U.S. medical imaging is on its ... accountable care payer-provider contracts are set to ... their wake, alter provider-vendor relationships. The shift ... push forward new purchasing frameworks in the ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. and SAN ... Inc. and Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARNA ) ... (FDA) has accepted for filing the New Drug Application ... approved, the extended release formulation will offer patients a ... ® ) is currently approved as ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: