David's Kenevo story
81 Year Old Has Dramatic Reduction In Falls Since Using An NHS Funded Kenevo Knee.
After a long battle with an infection, retired farmer, David had to have his leg amputated. He has had many different prostheses over the years but now thanks to his National Health Service (NHS) funded Kenevo knee which he received via the Microprocessor Knee (MPK) policy he no longer frequently falls.
81 year old David Sherlock from Sussex has always been very active but the mixture of playing rugby for too long and being a farmer caused a lot of damage to his knee. So seventeen years ago he had knee replacement surgery at a private clinic. However, it became infected and was referred to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore but after six years of trying to get rid of the infection they had no choice but to amputate his leg to stop the infection spreading.
Impressively only three months post amputation David was being seen by the Blatchford NHS clinic in Brighton where he was fitted with his first prosthetic leg. Over the years he had various limbs as the technology improved. Then Prosthetist Elizabeth Barker at the clinic suggested he tried an Ottobock Kenevo MPK which he has now had for over a year and finds it incredible. “I feel much more secure on it, I was having falls quite frequently on my previous leg but I haven’t with this one, I was impressed!” Explains David.
The Kenevo is a Microprocessor Knee designed specifically for less active individuals and focuses on safety. Its stumble recovery function helps patients improve mobility and gain independence. It adapts to the skills of the patient whether they are using a prosthesis for the first time, during rehabilitation or practising to sit down. It is available through private clinics but also qualifies for the NHS MPK Funding.
Elizabeth Barker explains why she recommended the Kenevo for David “The Kenevo is the lightest MPK available through NHS funding, it works fantastically for people who tend to walk at a steady or slower pace. With the multiple modes available, all designed with safety in mind, I felt B mode plus fitted perfectly the requirements needed by David to walk safety but also have a natural gait by retaining swing movement during swing phase.”
Since David was fitted with the Kenevo he has been able to visit his daughters house which has a steep driveway to the front door – previously any wet ground and a slope would have been a significant challenge. David has reported he can negotiate more easily the varied terrain around his house and can walk through long grass without fear of falling.
Walking for the first time on a prosthesis means building trust step by step. This also applies if you are using other aids such as a walking stick or less active. Only when confidence is growing in the prosthesis system, you become more flexible and independent, for example, from the help of relatives.
Therefore, the Kenevo focuses clearly on safety. The knee joint is the world's first fitting solution of the latest technology specifically for the needs of less active people - as a leg prosthesis the Kenevo sets a new global standard. With its special basic functions it provides support in typical everyday situations. Moreover, the activity modes provide high adaptability. The Kenevo grows with your skills and can be used to improve mobility and environmental obstacle negotiation