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Ottobock Launches the New Kenevo®

Austin, TX (June 7th, 2021) -- Ottobock is excited to announce the launch of the new Kenevo microprocessor knee. Since its launch in 2015, the Kenevo fundamentally changed prosthetics for low to moderately active amputees. The Kenevo is the world’s first and only microprocessor knee designed specifically with this patient group in mind.

The Kenevo is an intuitive, intelligent solution making everyday life safer and easier for its users. The new features and functions build upon the foundation of this life-changing technology, allowing its users to feel more mobile and independent than ever before.

What’s new:

  • Donning of the prosthesis while seated thanks to complete flexion of the knee joint
  • Automatic switching to lower knee flexion resistance for use of a stationary indoor bicycle
  • Convenient charging without removing the foam cover
  • Automatic ramp detection with additional support during descent
  • User-controlled adjustments to the knee through the Cockpit App
  • Now approved for hip disarticulation
  • Redesigned inductive charger making it easier for those with hand dexterity challenges
  • Wheelchair lock more robust and holds over bumpy terrain
  • Smoother stance extension



Suggested Coding Changes for Ottobock Feet

As we continue to evaluate feedback received from our PDAC submissions and additional code language clarification published, we adjusted our suggested codes for the following Ottobock feet as of April 16, 2021. Please note the changes from previously recommended coding.

Product: 1C53 Taleo Low Profile
Previously recommended codes: L5981 + L5986
New Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: 1C63 Triton Low Profile
Previously recommended codes: L5981 + L5986
New Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: 1C40 C-Walk
Previously recommended codes: L5981 + L5986
New Ottobock recommended code: L5981

The O&P Provider assumes full responsibility for accurate billing of Ottobock products. Ottobock Coding Suggestions are based on reasonable judgment and are not recommended to replace the O&P Provider’s judgment. These recommendations may be subject to revision based on additional information or alpha-numeric system changes.

Because these changes will result in a reduction in reimbursement, Ottobock made pricing concessions in January 2021 for the 1C53 Taleo Low Profile and 1C63 Triton Low Profile to alleviate the potentially negative financial impact on your business.

We believe the Taleo and Triton family of carbon fiber feet deliver the optimal outcomes your patients deserve. We are committed to you and believe this pricing change will enable you to continue fitting Ottobock foot solutions. For detailed information regarding specific pricing changes, please contact your sales representative or log into your Ottobock online account.

Additionally, if you have any coding or reimbursement questions, please contact Ottobock Reimbursement Support. Email us at reimbursement911@ottobock.com, or call us at 800.328.4058.


Suggested coding for Freedom Innovations feet retained by Ottobock

After careful consideration, Ottobock recommends the following codes for the Ottobock Freedom Innovations feet as of April 7, 2021. Please note the changes from previously recommended coding.

Product: Maverick Xtreme
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Maverick Xtreme AT
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Renegade AT
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Renegade LP-AT
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Silhouette VS
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5980

Product: Silhouette LP-VS
Previously recommended codes: L5987 + L5986
Ottobock recommended code: L5980

Product: Renegade
Previously recommended codes: L5987
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Renegade LP
Previously recommended codes: L5987
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

Product: Thrive
Previously recommended codes: L5981 + L5999
Ottobock recommended code: L5981

The O&P Provider assumes full responsibility for accurate billing of Ottobock products. Ottobock Coding Suggestions are based on reasonable judgment and are not recommended to replace the O&P Provider’s judgment. These recommendations may be subject to revision based on additional information or alpha-numeric system changes.

In an effort to offset disruption or inconvenience brought on by this change, please note the suggested alternative PDAC Verified Vertical Shock Feet offered by Ottobock below:

Product: 1C51 Taleo Vertical Shock
PDAC Verified Coding: L5987 + L5986
1C51 Taleo Vertical Shock PDAC Verification Letter

Product: 1C61 Triton Vertical Shock
PDAC Verified Coding: L5987 + L5986
1C61 Triton Vertical Shock PDAC Verification Letter

If you have any questions, please contact Ottobock Reimbursement Support. Email us at reimbursement911@ottobock.com, or call us at 800.328.4058.

Additionally, please contact Ottobock Customer Service or your Sales Representative for new pricing established for the above products.

We will continue to keep you informed as our integration efforts continue. Thank you for your commitment to Ottobock and for trusting us as a partner in helping your patients reach their mobility and activity goals.

 


Urgent Update: Friday, April 30th Early Shipping Cutoff 3:00 PM CST

Due to the anticipation of traffic delays related to Oaks Day and the Kentucky Derby, UPS has changed our regularly scheduled pickup time on Friday, April 30th for the Louisville, KY logistics center. All priority orders must be received by 3:00 PM CST on Friday, April 30th in order to be shipped same day.

For assistance placing an order, please contact our Customer Service Team.

UPS has informed us that normal operations will resume Monday, May 3rd.

Thank you for your understanding.

-Your Partners in O&P Care

 


Addition of New Agilium® Forte Orthosis Completes Ottobock’s Line of Orthoses for Knee Osteoarthritis

Austin, TX (April 9, 2021) – We're excited to announce the launch of Agilium Forte, a new rigid knee orthosis designed to provide lasting pain relief for patients with moderate to severe unicompartmental osteoarthritis (OA). Launched March 29, Agilium Forte is the latest addition to our Agilium family of knee OA orthoses developed for everyday use, recreational activities, and sports.

What’s special about Agilium Forte?

  • Dynamic Y force strap for effective unloading
  • Rigid shells for stabililty and open sleeve design for patient comfort
  • Trimmable sleeves reduce inventory to only three sizes

 

Less Pain. More Life.

The new Agilium Forte extension of the Agilium Family creates a complete product offering for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis. To learn more about our other products in the Agilium Line, please visit our new Agilium Family page.


Ottobock North America Appoints MedTech Industry Leader Marc C. Lundeberg as CEO & Regional President

AUSTIN, Texas (February 1, 2020) – Today, Ottobock and its Board of Directors announced the appointment of Marc C. Lundeberg as the new CEO and Regional President of the company’s North America operation. Effective February 1, 2021, Marc succeeds Brad Ruhl, who will remain on as Non-Executive Chairman until he transitions to retirement after a more than 30-year tenure with Ottobock.

Lundeberg joins Ottobock North America from Amplifon, where he held the position of CEO & President for North America, since May 2017. “After careful consideration, the board concluded that Marc was the right leader to take the reigns from Brad, who has led the region to record profitability and expanded Ottobock’s footprint across the US and Canada,” said Philipp Schulte-Noelle, Ottobock Global CEO. “Marc brings a tremendous amount of expertise and a distinguished track record of strategic, operational, and people leadership to our growth path. I am delighted to welcome Marc to the Ottobock Family.”

“I am thrilled to join a global leader in its field and help Ottobock continue setting new standards in the pursuit of its mission to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement,” said Lundeberg.
 

About Ottobock
For more than 100 years, Ottobock has been developing med-tech products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the areas of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility. The company’s international activities are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt, Germany. Ottobock has been investing, employing, researching and developing in North America since 1958 for the benefit of people with impaired mobility. Subsidiaries in 59 countries offer “Made by Ottobock” quality worldwide and employ more than 8,000 people.
 

Media Contact
Ottobock North America
Cali Solorio
Director of Marketing & Communications
cali.solorio@ottobock.com


NEW! Competitive Bidding Resource Center

Round 2021 of the DMEPOS Competitive Bidding Program kicked off this year and will remain in effect through December 31, 2023. Medicare beneficiaries needing off-the-shelf (OTS) spine and knee orthoses listed in the program in the Competitive Bidding Areas (CBAs) must obtain them from qualified suppliers that have been awarded contracts from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

We are excited to share our Competitive Bidding Resource Center to help you quickly locate information about the program.

Resource Center:

  • Search OTS spine and knee orthoses by HCPCS code
  • Visit individual product pages to learn more
  • Purchase products directly from our website
  • Download key Competitive Bidding documents

Visit the resource center

If you did not win a bid, you can still utilize the Resource Center to download information and help refer patients to a qualified suppler in your area.

For questions or support, don’t hesitate to reach out to Ottobock’s Reimbursement team anytime at ottobockreimbursement@ottobock.com.


Ottobock Stewardship Committee supports 20 nonprofit organizations in 2020


AUSTIN, Texas (February 1, 2020) – Despite the challenges of last year, Ottobock’s Stewardship Committee delivered on our commitment to supporting nonprofit organizations who share in our mission’s goal through charitable donations.

"The Stewardship program provides support to help fuel nonprofit organizations and the passionate people who manage them," said Aaron Holm, Manager, Consumer Engagement at Ottobock. "These organizations and the people who manage them become partners of Ottobock – working together toward a common goal, paying it forward within the community we serve."

Ottobock’s mission is to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement. In 2020, we contributed donations to the following nonprofit organizations across the United States and Canada:

 

  • Amputee Coalition: Empowering people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support, and advocacy, and promote limb loss prevention.
  • Andy Roddick Foundation: Expanding opportunities for young people to learn, thrive, and succeed.
  • Angel City Sports: Sports programming for kids, adults, and veterans with physical disabilities or visual impairments.
  • Arizona Disabled Sports: Creating opportunities that empower through sports and recreation.
  • Austin Speech Labs: Improving lives post-stroke.
  • Challenge Alaska: Improving lives of people with disabilities through adaptive sports, therapeutic recreation, and education.
  • Collège Mérici (Quebec): Bursaries to Prosthetic and Orthotic program students.
  • Collège Montmorency (Quebec): Bursaries to Prosthetic and Orthotic program students.
  • Husome Strong: Helping the amputee community through peer support, advocacy, and financial assistance.
  • ISPO / OAPO / AGM Canada: These organizations aim to improve the quality of life for people who may benefit from the rehabilitation practice of prosthetic, orthotic, mobility, and assistive technology.
  • Jordan Thomas Foundation: Provides children with limb loss the prostheses they need throughout their growing years while serving as a caring resource.
  • Learning Links: Creates a place where anyone can learn and enjoy the sport of golf, regardless of ability, skill, or age.
  • MSOPP: Excel the professional and ethical standards of O&P and pedorthic practitioners.
  • NAAOP Fellowship: O&P policy, advocacy, and betterment of community.
  • Paratough Cup: Ensure Canadians with a disability can have access to sport, from their communities all the way to the world stage.
  • Range of Motion Project: Provides high quality prosthetic care in underserved populations to enhance mobility and unlock human potential.
  • SFM Foundation: Scholarships to children of workers disabled or killed in work-related accidents.
  • Steps of Faith: Turning prosthetics into possibilities for uninsured amputees.
  • Wiggle Your Toes: Helping the limb loss and difference community heal, recover, and flourish.

 

Ottobock contributed to help fund post-secondary scholarships to organizations like SFM Foundation, which awards young people from families affected by workplace tragedies to pursue higher education. "We have been able to award 187 scholarships to deserving students," said Linda Williams, President of SFM Foundation. "Thank you for generously supporting educational futures for young adults."

To request a donation for a nonprofit organization in 2021, please contact your local Ottobock sales representative for more details.

For any questions, contact stewardship@ottobock.com. We appreciate your involvement in helping us support our local communities and partners in 2021.

Media Contacts
Ottobock North America
Aaron Holm
Manager, Consumer Engagement
aaron.holm@ottobock.com
512-470-7100


Positive Future for Freedom Innovations Set

Transaction with Proteor approved by U.S. Federal Trade Commission and closed today

Austin / Duderstadt (December 11, 2020) – Ottobock, the internationally operating medical technology company, welcomes the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) final decision on the future of Ottobock’s prior acquisition of Freedom Innovations (FI). Today, Ottobock has formally closed a transaction with French orthopaedic technology specialist Proteor SAS, which has acquired significant assets of Freedom Innovations. The corresponding purchase agreements were previously signed in September, but subject to FTC approval.

"For all parties involved and especially for the employees of Freedom Innovations, the final solution is good news after several years of uncertainty and sets the future for Freedom Innovations under the roof of both Proteor and Ottobock,” says Philipp Schulte-Noelle, CEO of Ottobock. "I am especially grateful for the very constructive dialogue with the FTC in recent months and the engagement of Proteor."

“I would like to thank all Freedom Innovations employees for their continued dedication, focus, hard work, and professionalism during this unpredictable time. We look forward to coming together as one family,” says Edouard Archambeaud, member of the Board of Directors of Proteor. “I would also like to thank Ottobock for working diligently towards a successful outcome and the FTC for their vote of confidence in our acquisition.”

The transaction allows Ottobock to strengthen its product portfolio in the field of prosthetic feet as it will retain certain Freedom Innovations foot products. Specifically, the transaction contemplates Ottobock keeping the Kintrol K2 hydraulic foot-ankle prosthesis, the Maverick fiberglass product family and other carbon feet expanding the company’s product portfolio.

Proteor will acquire the microprocessor-controlled knee Plié3, the Kinnex and Kinterra ankles, certain prosthetic feet and other infrastructure from FI. Proteor will also receive the intellectual property rights related to these transferred products and the Freedom Innovations brand and take over the R&D activities of FI.

With this transaction, Ottobock satisfies FTC’s order to divest certain assets from Freedom Innovations. As background: Ottobock acquired FI in September 2017 with the goal of strengthening the prosthetic product choices and technology for the benefit of amputees and clinicians. The FTC filed a complaint against the acquisition and prohibited the integration of FI by Ottobock. An application for a final approval was filed with the FTC on 9 October 2020. This was followed by a 30-day public comment period. This period ended without any significant objections. The final decision was made by the FTC's highest body, the FTC Commissioners on 30 November 2020.

To consolidate ordering and technical support during this transitional phase, please use the following link for details about the split of Freedom products between Ottobock and Proteor:


Guide: Freedom Innovations Transition to Ottobock & Proteor

 

Contact person for media enquiries:
Europe
Vice President Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Mark C. Schneider
Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA, Prenzlauer Allee 242, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 398 206 222
Mobile: +49 151 146 591 35
E-mail: MarkC.Schneider@ottobock.de


North America
Director of Marketing & Communications
Cali Solorio
Ottobock North America
Phone: +1 512 806 2655
Mobile: +1 512 470 7119
Email: Cali.Solorio@ottobock.com


PDAC Verification Update: 1C51 Taleo Vertical Shock, 1C52 Taleo Harmony and 1C62 Triton Harmony

The following products have received coding verification effective November 21, 2020, and must be billed to Medicare with the stated HCPCS codes.

As a reminder, we are maintaining a portal section that includes all Ottobock feet and microprocessor knees with PDAC verified coding. This document indicates the effective date, PDAC verified codes, and previously recommended coding for each product. Additionally, you will find a link to the PDAC verification letter.


PDAC Verification Update: Additional Prosthetic Feet

1E58 Axtion DP, 1E90 Sprinter, 1E91 Runner, 1E93 Runner Jr, and 1E2 ProCarve Foot

The following product has received coding verification effective November 19, 2020, and must be billed to Medicare with the stated HCPCS codes.

  • Product: 1E58 Axtion DP
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5980
    Previous Codes: L5980+L5986
  •  
  • Product: 1E90 Sprinter
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5999
    Previous Code: L5980
  •  
  • Product: 1E91 Runner
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5999
    Previous Code: L5980
  •  
  • Product: 1E93 Runner Junior
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5999
    Previous Code: L5980
  •  
  • Product: 1E2 ProCarve Foot
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5999
    Previous Code: L5987

As a reminder, we are maintaining a portal section that includes all Ottobock feet and microprocessor knees with PDAC verified coding. This document indicates the effective date, PDAC verified codes, and previously recommended coding for each product. Additionally, you will find a link to the PDAC verification letter.


PDAC Verification Update

The following product has received coding verification effective November 18, 2020, and must be billed to Medicare with the stated HCPCS codes.

  • Product: 1E95 Challenger
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5981
    Previous Code: L5987

As a reminder, we are maintaining a portal section that includes all Ottobock feet and microprocessor knees with PDAC verified coding. This document indicates the effective date, PDAC verified codes, and previously recommended coding for each product. Additionally, you will find a link to the PDAC verification letter.


PDAC Verification Update: 1E95 Challenger Foot

Affecting: 1C50 Taleo, 1C60 Triton, 1C64 Triton HD & 1B1 Meridium

We are committed to providing timely updates on Ottobock feet and knees submitted to PDAC for coding verification. The following products have received coding verification effective November 13, 2020, and must be billed to Medicare with the stated HCPCS codes.

  • Product: 1C50 Taleo
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5981
    Previous Codes: L5980+L5986
     
  • Product: 1C60 Triton
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5981
    Previous Codes: L5980+L5986
     
  • Product: 1C64 Triton HD
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5981
    Previous Codes: L5980+L5986
     
  • Product: 1B1 Meridium
    PDAC Verified Coding: L5973
    Previous Codes: NO CHANGE IN CODING

PDAC Verified Products
For your convenience, we are maintaining a portal section that includes all Ottobock feet and microprocessor knees with PDAC verified coding. This document indicates the effective date, PDAC verified codes, and previously recommended coding for each product. Additionally, you will find a link to the PDAC verification letter.

Please remember, it is important for prosthetic providers to understand that once a decision is published by PDAC, that becomes the required coding for billing Medicare.

In preparation for the CMS requirement of prior authorization, additional coding guidelines were provided for the impacted lower limb HCPCS codes L5973, L5980, L5987, L5856, L5857, and L5858. As a result of the clarification provided in the new coding guidelines, the application of these codes to impacted prosthetic components is changing in many cases. Because many of these changes will result in a reduction in reimbursement, Ottobock is making pricing concessions to alleviate the potentially negative financial impact on your business.

We have made immediate pricing adjustments for 1C50 Taleo, 1C60 Triton, and 1C64 Triton HD. We believe the Taleo and Triton family of carbon fiber feet deliver the optimal outcomes your patients deserve. We are committed to you and we believe this pricing change will enable you to continue fitting Ottobock foot solutions. For detailed information regarding specific pricing changes, please contact your sales representative or log into your Ottobock online account.

We will continue to keep you informed regarding the verification status for all submitted applications. Additionally, please visit our online Reimbursement Portal for the most up-to-date information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ottobock Reimbursement Support.

Email us at reimbursement911@ottobock.com

Call us at 800 328 4058

Your Partners in O&P Care,
Ottobock Healthcare


PDAC Verification: Ottobock Knees and Feet

Effective January 1, 2021, Medicare has mandated that prosthetic products with the following lower limb prosthesis codes must have PDAC verification in order to bill Medicare:

  • Microprocessor Knees: L5856, L5857, L5858
  • Microprocessor Feet: L5973
  • Flex Foot System: L5980
  • Vertical Shock Feet: L5987

Ottobock products which currently have PDAC verified coding within these HCPCS codes are as follows. Please click on the product name to download a copy of the PDAC Coding Verification letter.

  • 3C88/3C98 C-Leg Microprocessor Knee
  • 1C61 Triton Vertical Shock

Additionally, Ottobock has submitted the following products for PDAC verification with the required codes:

  • 3C60 Kenevo
  • 1B1 Meridium
  • 1C50 Taleo
  • 1C51 Taleo Vertical Shock
  • 1C52 Taleo Harmony
  • 1C60 Triton
  • 1C62 Triton Harmony
  • 1C64 Triton HD
  • 1E2 ProCarve Foot
  • 1E58 Axtion DP
  • 1E90 Sprinter
  • 1E91 Runner
  • 1E93 Runner Jr.
  • 1E95 Challenger

It is important for prosthetic providers to understand that once a decision is finalized by PDAC, that becomes the required coding for billing Medicare, even before January 1, 2021.

Upon receipt of the code verification, Ottobock will email customers and publish a copy of the PDAC Coding Verification letter on our website. Prosthetic providers are responsible for proper coding of products, so we encourage you to visit our Reimbursement Portal frequently to determine if the Ottobock foot or microprocessor knee you are submitting for Medicare reimbursement has received PDAC-verified coding.

If you have any questions, please contact Ottobock Reimbursement Support. Email us at reimbursement911@ottobock.com, or call us at 800 328 4058. Visit our Reimbursement Portal online for the most up-to-date information available.

Your Partners in O&P Care,
Ottobock Healthcare


Logistics Update: Shipping has resumed from Louisville

A small number of logistics team members have been able to safely reopen our facility in Louisville this morning. Please place all critical orders requiring next day air shipping by 5:00pm CST. All orders unable to be shipped yesterday due to the closure will leave today with their original shipping method requested. If you need to change the shipping method of your order or if you have an urgent matter, please contact customer service. Thanks very much for your understanding and support.

-Your Partners in O&P Care


Ottobock Expands Taleo Foot Family with Launch of Taleo Vertical Shock and Taleo Harmony

AUSTIN, Texas (September 22, 2020) – We’re excited to introduce two new additions to our reputable Taleo carbon foot portfolio, Taleo Vertical Shock (VS) and Taleo Harmony. For active individuals who want relief for their residual limb, Taleo VS provides the clinician with more options for their patients. The unique functional ring unit effectively absorbs torsion (+/- 10°) to relieve the residual limb and enhance comfort in combination with vertical shock absorption (up to 15 mm).

Taleo Harmony extends the clinical toolbox by providing a foot option for individuals who want relief for their residual limb in addition to a firm hold and control over their prosthesis throughout the day. The integrated vacuum pump improves balance and reduces risk of falls1, provides better control over the prosthesis by reducing pistioning2, prevents skin irritation and delays in wound healing3, and reduces fluctuations in limb volume4.

Ottobock is committed to helping practitioners find the right solution for their patients. When it comes to choosing the right prosthetic foot for your patients, it’s more than a foot, it’s their foundation. Consider Ottobock as your full range foot provider.

Users are also excited by the new extended line. Daniela reports that with Taleo VS, she can “say goodbye… to knee pain.” For Flori, Taleo Harmony allows him to take “those small steps with turns” and turn them into steps that are “so soft and smooth.”

Learn more about Ottobock’s Taleo Family of Feet, and understand why with every fitting your goal is the same as ours: to craft the best possible solution for your patient.

For more information about our two new additions, visit our Taleo Foot Portfolio.

1 Samitier et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2013, Ferraro et al. 2011
2 Darter et al. 2016, Kahle et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2013, Beil et al. 2002
3 Kahle et al. 2014, Hoskins et al. 2014, Traballesi et al. 2012, Brunelli et al. 2009
4 Kahle et al. 2014, Sanders et al. 2011, Goswami et al. 2003, Beil et al. 2002, Board et al. 2001


Update: Air & Ground Shipping Resume from Louisville Today

Update: After closing on 8/25/20, our supply and logistics center has reopened resumed normal operations.

Due to an organized protest and demonstration occurring within very close proximity of our supply & logistics center in Louisville, KY, we have decided to close the facility for today, August 25, 2020. Our first priority is the safety of our staff; therefore, no air or ground packages will be shipped on Tuesday, 8/25/2020.

We expect normal business operations to resume on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. If you have an urgent matter or need to change your shipping method, please contact our customer service team. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding regarding this matter.

-Your Partners in O&P Care


U.S. Marine Sees Life-Changing Impact with C-Brace

David Tupper - from U.S. Marine on the battlefield to fighting through his darkest days before learning about the revolutionary C-Brace® knee-ankle-foot orthosis.

David Tupper was doing what he always dreamed of doing; proudly serving his country in the U.S. Marines. He had always thought of going into the service and when 9-11 occurred, David knew this was his calling. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan over nearly 11 years. David was on track for a successful career in the Marines having received several decorations for evacuating the wounded in Fallujah.

During his fourth and final tour in Afghanistan in 2012, he was severely injured in an IED attack. David was lifted five feet off the ground and thrown 13 feet causing a broken lower spine, shrapnel deep in his body and brain trauma. As a result of his injuries, David became paralyzed from the hip down and was unable to walk. Once a budding athlete and active husband and father, he was left to his own thoughts and darkest moments.

After seven years adapting to life in a wheelchair, David was introduced to the C-Brace orthosis by Ottobock. He hadn’t heard of the microprocessor-controlled technology but was immediately intrigued when his orthotist showed him a video of the product. After 45 minutes of ensuing the fit was perfect, David was out of his wheelchair and walking, unassisted, for the first time in years.

“Putting on the C-Brace for the first time was a feeling I could never relive again. Right then, it was me again” says David.

In this recorded live interview from the Ottobock Instagram account, David joined the "Ask Aaron" feed to discuss his road to recovery and the technology that allowed him to go from serving his country to serving his family.


Ottobock introduces Taleo Low Profile prosthetic foot

AUSTIN, Texas (April 13, 2020) – Ottobock HealthCare, a leading global supplier of high-quality medical devices, introduced Taleo Low Profile, the newest addition to its carbon foot portfolio. Taleo Low Profile is designed for active individuals (K3) with limited clearance who navigate varied indoor and outdoor environments and place a high value on effortless walking and the ability to go wherever life takes them.

Taleo Low Profile is the first addition to the highly successful Taleo line of feet. Ottobock's Research & Development team focused engineering efforts on designing a low-profile foot that will provide the same naturally smooth feeling experienced by individuals who wear Taleo.

"Taleo provides the flexibility and dynamic motion that people need in a low-profile prosthetic foot, without sacrificing functionality of the foot," said Mark Edwards, Ottobock Director of Professional and Clinical Services. "With consumers becoming increasingly knowledgeable about the different options in prosthetic feet, practitioners can gain greater confidence with the Taleo foot portfolio to fit a person with a foot that enables a smooth progression from heel strike to terminal stance."

For more information about the Taleo Low Profile, visit Taleo LP.


Salt Lake City Earthquake Impact on Ottobock Operations

Update: Salt Lake City operations back online
Thankfully no injuries were reported and every department is back up and running!
 

March 18, 2020

To our valued customers,

This morning our Salt Lake City operation was impacted by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that caused damage to our building. Thankfully no injuries were reported, however, we were forced to temporarily shut down operations and send all employees home to make way for an assessment of building damage. Upon review, all services have been restored.

Our Salt Lake City operation includes After Sales Service, Returns Processing, Fabrication Services, Custom Liner Production and Carbon Foot Production. This disruption temporarily impacted our ability to support your needs in these areas, but please know we took immediate action to route all Fabrication and After Sales Service calls into our Austin-based Customer Service Team.

Please contact us should you have any questions.

Customer Service
US 800 328 4058 or USCustomerService@ottobock.com
Canada 800 665 3327 or CACustomerService@ottobock.com
*Please press 1 after the prompt for US and Canada Our phone lines and inboxes are monitored Monday-Friday 7:30 am – 6:00 PM CST.

Sincerely,

Brad Ruhl
Managing Director, Ottobock North America


First patient in North America fit with Ottobock’s FDA-cleared Myo Plus pattern recognition system

AUSTIN, Texas (November 11, 2019) – “Ottobock is excited to announce its newest advancement in upper-limb prosthetics, the Myo Plus pattern recognition system. Pattern recognition represents a new paradigm in the control of a myoelectric prosthesis. On October 29, 2019 Ottobock partnered with Hanger Clinic to fit the first person in North America with a transradial upper limb amputation with the newly FDA-cleared technology.

Traditionally, individuals with transradial upper limb amputation have been fit with myoelectric hands controlled by electromyographic (EMG) signals. The conventional transradial myoelectric prosthesis is designed with one or two electrodes that transmit the EMG signals produced by the flexor and extensor muscles in the residual limb. Some users have found these systems difficult to learn due to complex switching mechanisms required to change between the hand, wrist, or multiple grip patterns a hand may offer. In some cases, this difficulty may lead to poor adoption or even abandonment of the prosthesis.

Uniting artificial intelligence with the intuitive and innate EMG signals of the user, Myo Plus adapts to their natural movements versus requiring the user to adapt to the system. While standard myoelectric systems are limited to sensing only two muscle signals, Myo Plus employs up to 18 sensors, enabling multiple muscle signals to be captured as unique movement patterns, each individually assigned to control various functions of the prosthesis. For example, one pattern is used to open the hand, another to close it, a third pattern to rotate the wrist moving the palm of the hand up, and a fourth to rotate the wrist moving the palm of the hand down. Offering direct, convenient control of the prosthesis without any switching mechanisms required and the ability to fine-tune adjustments via an app, the Myo Plus system was designed with both the user and prosthetist in mind.

Chris Lake, L/CPO, FAAOP, an upper limb specialist with Hanger Clinic, fit the first North American patient, Mark Kirby, with the Myo Plus system in Hurst, Texas. Lake said, “Pattern recognition offers an alternative for patients who may not be a candidate for more traditional myoelectric prostheses, or do not possess the muscle capacity to operate the prosthesis in a meaningful way. To a certain extent, standard myoelectric systems require significant muscular acrobatics to fully operate a prosthesis. From an energy expenditure standpoint, pattern recognition means not burning as much physical or mental energy thus providing the patient with prosthetic function that is more intuitive and less taxing."

Kirby, who has used a standard two-site myoelectric prosthesis for more than ten years said, “I loved the graphic representation of what was possible. I instantly saw how I could make the prosthetic wrist rotate versus opening and closing the prosthetic hand. It took away the mystery. Since it's more accurate, I'm less frustrated because I've got less accidental movements. Before, I had to really concentrate on my finger muscles. Now I can feel them again. I'm feeling muscles I haven't felt in years."

The relationship between the clinician and patient was an important consideration in the design of the Myo Plus pattern recognition system. The patented Spider Plot feature, a graphic representation of muscle patterns, is one of the system’s most unique and valued features. Via the Myo Plus app, the patient and practitioner can watch live as the muscle patterns are displayed on a graph shaped like a spider web. This visual feedback was designed to make the programming process simple and interactive for both the patient and prosthetist.

"The visual nature of the Spider Plot feature in Myo Plus makes it intuitive for Mark to learn how to use the technology, as well as understand the very finite changes he’s making as he contracts his muscles. It provides an instant connection between his muscles and his phantom hand,” said Lake.

If you would like additional information on the Myo Plus pattern recognition system, please contact Ottobock North America at 800 328 4058.

About Ottobock
For 100 years Ottobock, the German global technology leader, has been developing med-tech products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the areas of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility. The company’s international activities are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt/Germany. Ottobock has been investing, employing, researching and developing in the US since 1958 for the benefit of people with impaired mobility. Subsidiaries in 58 countries offer “Made by Ottobock” quality worldwide and employ more than 7,000 people.

Media Contacts
Cali Solorio│Ottobock North America│ 512 806 2655 │ Cali.Solorio@ottobock.com


Ottobock introduces the Agilium® Vantage

AUSTIN, Texas (October 18, 2019) – “Ottobock HealthCare, a leading global supplier of high-quality medical devices, introduced the latest addition to its orthotics portfolio: The Agilium® Vantage. The Agilium Vantage is a low-profile, wraparound knee brace designed to provide lasting pain relief for patients with mild unicompartmental osteoarthritis (OA).

Building on the Agilium line of OA knee braces, the Agilium Vantage features a lightweight design for everyday use, recreational activities, and sports. Patients can don and doff the brace easily using the four adjustable, numbered straps. The dynamic Y-force strap system unloads the knee with a single pull, while reducing pain and providing stability. An anti-rotation strap keeps the brace in place, and the breathable material prevents popliteal bunching for increased patient compliance and comfort.

The Agilium Vantage is now available for order in three trimmable sizes, allowing practitioners to reduce inventory and save on costs.

“A brace is a key component in the treatment of osteoarthritis-related knee pain,” says Gloria So, Market Manager of Activity and Sports Medicine at Ottobock. “Osteoarthritis is one of the most common joint disorders worldwide, and the Agilium Vantage is designed to improve functional outcomes for patients so they can resume their daily activities with confidence.”

For more information about the Agilium Vantage, visit https://www.ottobockus.com/orthotics/solution-overview/agiliumvantagephysician/.


2019 Thranhardt Award Winners Announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 17, 2019) – “The American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association is proud to announce the 2019 Thranhardt Award winners. They represent the best in orthotic and prosthetic patient care,” said Jim Weber, MBA, President, American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association. Among this year's winners is Dr. Andreas Hahn, PhD, MSc, who is the corporate vice president of clinical research and services at Ottobock.

“The Thranhardt Lectures have become a highpoint for National Assembly attendees. We look forward to celebrating the winners in San Diego," Weber said.

The two other recipients are Tiffany Graham, MSPO, CPO/L, FAAOP and Kelly Millay, MPO. Graham and Millay will present "Significant Factors in Orthotic Treatment of Asymmetrical Brachycephaly." Graham has focused her career in pediatric orthotics and has over 10 years of experience with treating cranial deformations. She is an instructor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Vice-Chair of the Academy’s Craniofacial Society, and recipient of the 2018 Thranhardt Award. Millay is currently an orthotic resident at University of California at San Francisco and a member of the Academy's Craniofacial Society. Her research interest focuses in cranial deformations.

Hahn will present The Use of Health Economic Instruments to Evaluate Prosthetic Services: Experience with Over 400 Patients in Germany and India. He joined Ottobock in 2004 and currently holds the global corporate responsibility for Ottobock’s Clinical Research activities. Hahn is a physicist at Oxford University, has over 20 years professional experience in leading positions in the Medical Device Industry, and was a 2014 Thranhardt Award winner.


The new 1C50 Taleo® prosthetic foot

AUSTIN, Texas (May 27, 2019) – For 100 years, Ottobock has been at the forefront of prosthetic advancement. Today, Ottobock announces the launch of a new prosthetic foot, Taleo, that continues this tradition. It was developed based on direct feedback from clinicians and end users to address the specific needs of active individuals and is the newest member of the Ottobock carbon foot portfolio, joining the Trias® and Triton® foot family.

The Taleo foot is designed for those amputees who lead an active life either at home or in the great outdoors and place a high value on effortless walking and freedom to go everywhere. With its flexible, dual carbon springs, the Taleo allows for both a smooth rollover and dynamic gait pattern. A springy and efficient return of energy at toe-off comes from its progressive spring characteristics. Therefore, users can effortlessly cover longer distances while changing walking speeds as needed throughout the entire day. Taleo comfortably adapts to the user’s gait characteristics. The flexible connection of the springs at the forefoot ensure stable and comfortable walking on uneven or hilly terrain. Due to the broad range of heel wedges, the clinician can improve the comfort at heel strike by individually tailoring the shock absorbing characteristics of the prosthetic foot. Even walking barefoot for short periods is much more pleasant. As the Taleo is protected against fresh, salt and chlorine water users can enjoy their hobbies without thinking twice.

In addition to a unique spring design, the Taleo also features other important design elements for both the clinician and the user such as:

  • Water runoff channels on the pyramid and drain holes in the foot shell make it easy to clean after being in the water
  • Customizable heel dampening with 3 different stiffness options
  • Alignment marks on the foot shell simplify bench alignment procedure
  • Slim design of the pyramid adapter makes it easier to create an attractive cosmetic cover The Taleo is suitable for users weighing up to 330 lbs (150 kg) and is available in sizes from 22 to 30 cm.

About Ottobock
Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established 100 years ago in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.


Ottobock Issues Statement on U.S. Federal Trade Commission Decision Regarding Acquisition of Freedom Innovations

AUSTIN, Texas (May 7, 2019) – Today, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission released the FTC’s Administrative Law Judge’s Initial Decision regarding the acquisition of Freedom Innovations by Ottobock, recommending to the FTC Commission the divestiture of certain assets of Freedom Innovations. Ottobock acquired Freedom Innovations in September of 2017 with the goal of strengthening the prosthetic product choices and technology for the benefit of amputees and consumers. Ottobock expresses its disappointment in the Initial Decision. Ottobock will continue to work in a collaborative manner with the FTC to promptly reach a mutually beneficial resolution.

Ottobock is considering all options to protect our ability to deliver greater consumer choice, improve product quality and fuel innovation. As Ottobock evaluates potential actions, Freedom Innovations will continue to operate as an independent business. “Ottobock is committed to serving customers by providing them with a selection of the most innovative products to meet their needs. As we have throughout our 100-year history, we will persist in exploring and advancing all efforts necessary to ensure patients have access to the smart technology and care that they deserve, and will actively pursue strategies that deliver on this mission,” says Brad Ruhl, Managing Director of Otto Bock HealthCare North America.

 

About Ottobock
For 100 years Ottobock, the German global technology leader, has been developing med-tech products and fitting solutions for people with limited mobility in the areas of Prosthetics, Orthotics and Human Mobility and provides patient care in its MedicalCare division. In 2018 the company transferred its biomechanical expertise to applications for industrial use with its exoskeleton Paexo. The company’s international activities are coordinated from the head office in Duderstadt/Germany. Ottobock has been investing, employing, researching and developing in the US since 1958 for the benefit of people with impaired mobility and has since then always been a good corporate citizen. Subsidiaries in 58 countries offer “Made by Ottobock” quality worldwide and employ more than 7,000 people. Ottobock has supported the Paralympic Games with its technical expertise since 1988.

 


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Ottobock
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Austin, Texas 78758
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Email: Albert.Li@ottobock.com


Ottobock develops new Skeo Sealing Liner for above-knee amputees

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2019) – Ottobock, a global industry leading supplier and manufacturer of innovative and technology-driven prosthetic solutions, has launched the new 6Y110 Skeo Sealing Liner. Designed for use with one-way valves or vacuum prosthetic suspension systems, the Skeo Sealing Liner allows individuals with above-knee and knee-disarticulation amputations to don their prostheses easily without an aid.  

The incredible ease with which the Skeo Sealing can be put on and taken off is due to its smooth exterior surface. Because the liner is made without a fabric cover, the liner can easily be cut to size, is easy to clean, and dries quickly. The textured inner surface of the liner incorporates Skinguard® antibacterial additive to prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria and feels comfortable and secure against the skin without sticking.

The Skeo Sealing Liner features a single, sturdy silicone ring that reliably maintains vacuum in the socket, and a no-stretch matrix integrated along the length of the liner minimizes pistoning inside the socket to ensure excellent tissue management.

The Skeo Sealing Liner is optimized for comfort, security, ease of use, and independence.

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established 100 years ago in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers a range of products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

 

Paralympic athletes and fashion experts will speak at Ottobock’s two SXSW 2019 panels

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS, USA (FEBRUARY 22, 2019) – Ottobock, a global industry leader in prosthetics, will host two panel sessions at the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival in Austin, Texas on March 8, 2019: “Adaptive Athletics: The Rise of the Super Athlete?” and “How Adaptive Design is Transforming Brands.” Panelists for the two sessions range from Paralympic athletes to adaptive fashion models and influencers. Additionally, qualified media are invited to attend an exclusive press event on March 7, 2019 at Ottobock’s North American headquarters in Austin, Texas – media will have early access to speak with panelists and ask questions the day before SXSW begins.

Ottobock’s first SXSW 2019 panel, “How Adaptive Design is Transforming Brands,” will take place on March 8 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Ballroom AB (98 San Jacinto Blvd.). The session will discuss how fashion’s biggest brands are working with designers to create mainstream, adaptive clothing that addresses the needs and challenges of people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Panelists for this session include: Cacsmy Brutus, model and spokesperson at JAG Models Molly Kettle, director at Zappos Adaptive; Melissa Langley, marketing communications strategist at Ottobock; and Mindy Scheier, founder of Runway of Dreams.

Ottobock’s second SXSW 2019 panel, “Adaptive Athletics: The Rise of the Super Athlete?,” will take place on March 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the JW Marriott Salon 1-2 (110 East 2nd Street). The session will discuss the controversy of whether technology provides an unfair advantage or disadvantage to athletes with disabilities. Panelists for this session include: Scout Bassett, Paralympian and motivational speaker; Brian Frasure, CP, senior clinical specialist at Ottobock and former Paralympian; Alena Grabowski, Ph.D., assistant professor at University of Colorado Boulder; and Blake Leeper, Paralympic track and field athlete.

“Ottobock is excited to participate in SXSW for the fourth year in a row,” said Scott Schneider, Vice President of Government, Medical Affairs and Future Development at Ottobock “For 100 years, Ottobock has delivered innovative medical technology products and services to help people maintain and regain their freedom of movement. Our goal is to continue to maximize independence for life for people with mobility challenges, and further support the advancement of prosthetics and orthotics.”

SXSW 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019. For more information, please visit www.sxsw.com. To register for the event, please visit www.sxsw.com/attend. Ottobock offers a complete line of orthotic and prosthetic solutions.