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The prosthetic leg is equipped with mini-computers at the hip joint, knee joint and foot that gauge his step, pressure and speed and adapt accordingly to support his body. At night, his leg is charged through a USB port that also stores data from the day to track to his progress.

"Every time he takes another step, the prosthetic leg learns more about his gait," says Mayerson. "The computer actually decreases the amount of energy that he has to spend to move the prosthesis and allows him to move easier. He's one of the first people in the United States to have a computerized artificial hip and a computerized artificial knee in a prosthetic working at the same time."

The operations required a team of hundreds of OSUCCC James staff members, including oncologists, urologists, neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons and general surgeons, along with nurses and surgical technicians.

"We take a multidisciplinary approach, and that makes The James unique," says Mendel, director of spinal neurosurgery. "We are able to bring together surgeons from many different disciplines to decide the best care for each patient."


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Contact: Eileen Scahill
Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu
614-293-3737
Ohio State University Medical Center
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