Symposium Unlock Rehabilitation Potential (HQ)
Symposium Unlock Rehabilitation Potential (HQ)
Insights & Clinical Standards

Symposium for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals

Transfemoral amputation — Unlocking the patient’s rehabilitation potential

Virtual Symposium for Therapists and Healthcare Professionals
Language: English

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The early mobilization and rehabilitation after amputation is the most crucial period to bring patients back to mobility and to support them to achieve their individual maximum mobility. Falls and fear of falling impede prosthetic limb use, and physical therapy rehabilitation must overcome these challenges.

This symposium will provide an overview of outcome driven clinical approaches and expectation management. In this afternoon symposium we will immerse ourselves to insights and best practice sharing of clinical standards and evidence in early rehabilitation. 

Join us to enjoy the insights presented by clinical and research experts.


Virtual Symposium

16:00 CET

Welcome and Introduction
Chair/Moderator Dipl. Ing. Merkur Alimusaj, University Clinic Heidelberg, Head of Technical Orthopaedics, Department for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Paraplegia (Germany)

Outcomes after transfemoral amputation - and the importance of the right rehabilitation at the right time
Fiona Davie-Smith, PhD, Clinical Coordinator Scottish Specialist Prosthetics Service NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (UK)

First results of the study Kenevo in early rehabilitation in Germany
Dr. med. Johannes Schröter, Medical Director and Head of the Orthopedic Department Reha-Zentrum Wiesbaden Sonnenberg (Germany)

Therapeutic challenges to overcome in transfemoral rehabilitation
Hanna Löwén (MSc), Specialist Physiotherapist, Aktiv Ortopedteknik (Sweden)

Panel Discussion

18:00 CET

Wrap-up and Closing

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Dr. Fiona Davie-Smith

Clinical Coordinator for the Specialist Prosthetics Service in Scotland (UK)

Fiona Davie-Smith trained as a physiotherapist and has worked in NHS GG&C for over twenty years in the acute setting of vascular surgery and amputee rehabilitation and laterally in the limb fitting centre WestMARC. She was successfully awarded the Sir George Alberti Fellowship from Diabetes UK which allowed her to undertake her PhD entitled “Factors influencing quality of life after lower extremity amputation for peripheral arterial occlusive disease”. Fiona was awarded the Joseph Black medal & Alan Hird prize as the highest distinction for excellence in a PhD thesis by a non-medical graduate.

Fiona continues to be research active in all areas of amputee rehabilitation in order to ensure that the evidence produced is person centred and has a lasting impact on the patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Fiona Davie-Smith (HQ)

Dr. med. Johannes Schröter

Medical Director and Head of the Orthopedic Department Reha-Zentrum Wiesbaden Sonnenberg (Germany)

Johannes Schröter started his career as a doctor of medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-University Münster, Germany and is specialized in orthopedics.  

He has been involved in the respective boards of the German Society for Orthopedics and Trauma Surgery, the German Association of Technical Orthopedics (board member since 2005), the Association of Leading Orthopedists and Trauma Surgeon and the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics. The physician is particularly scientifically committed in the field of rehabilitation sciences and digital applications.

Dr, Schroeter (HQ)

Hanna Löwén (MSc)

Specialist Physiotherapist, Aktiv Ortopedteknik (Sweden)

Hanna Löwén is a physiotherapist (MSc), specialised in Orthopedic Physiotherapy. Her key area of expertise is rehabilitation after amputation, in which field she has been working since 2008.

She currently works as a clinician in the O&P patient care company Aktiv Ortopedteknik in Stockholm Sweden, focusing on rehabilitation for people with an amputation or a limb deficiency. Hannas main goal as a physiotherapist is to achieve the best possible outcomes with the highest possible level of independence and quality of life for every patient.

She is a board member of ISPO-s (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics) - National Member Society. Hanna is also a lecturer on the study programme in Physiotherapy at Karolinska Institute Stockholm and her lectures are centered around the topic of therapy and training after amputation.

Hanna Löwén (MSc) (HQ)

Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj

University Clinic Heidelberg, Head of Technical Orthopaedics, Department for Orthopaedics, Trauma Surgery and Paraplegia (Germany)

Merkur Alimusaj completed a apprenticeship in prosthetics and orthotics in 1999 and worked until 2005 at several P&O clinics. In 2006 he additionally received his degree as an engineer in rehabilitation techniques at the University of Applied Science in Giessen (Hessen, Germany). He worked since 2005 at the Heidelberg Motion Lab and he is guiding since that time several studies in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. He turned out to be the head of the prosthetics and orthotics department at the University Hospital Heidelberg in 2008 with now more than 90 employed P&Os and CPOs. His research interests are Movement analysis in orthotics and prosthetics, Influence of assistive devices in daily living and Control mechanisms in prosthetics. Merkur Alimusaj is author and co-author of several national and international scientific publications and (co-)author of several book contributions.

Dipl.-Ing. Merkur Alimusaj (HQ)