Microprocessor Controlled Knees

As the leading manufacturer of microprocessor controlled knees, Ottobock has had nearly two decades of experience in this field. Thousands of Ottobock microprocessor knee systems have been sold worldwide. Combining research from our clinical scientists with amputees’ own experiences has allowed us to make continual advances in our prosthetic systems.

Ottobock introduced the world to the very first fully microprocessor-controlled knee in 1997, the C-Leg and ever since we have been dedicated to continuous improvement and advancement in mobility for above-knee amputees. Now available on the NHS (learn more here) the C-Leg is the most clinically evaluated MPK in history, with over 40 peer-reviewed, published studies that demonstrate proven results for users. The Compact was introduced to bring C-Leg technology to less active amputees who require a high degree of stability.

Thanks to groundbreaking technology, Genium was the first MPK to allow patients to walk upstairs step over step under their own power, cross obstacles more smoothly, and walk backwards. In 2013 the remarkable Genium X3 brought Ottobock technology to an entirely new level, introducing the unprecedented feature of a completely waterproof microprocessor knee

Types of MPK

Types of Microprocessor Knee


Launched in 1997 and in its fourth and most advanced incarnation, the new C-Leg 4 marks the start of a new era: It’s the best C-Leg of all time. The daily challenges that are faced by amputees all over the world are now a thing of the past. No longer do you need to concentrate on every step, whilst you are looking at the ground for any potential obstacles that lie ahead. The safety systems inside the C-Leg 4 have that covered so you can relax, look forward and enjoy life.


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, for example during rehabilitation, and adapts itself equally well for a decreasing amount of mobility.

microprocessor controlled knee Genium


With the launch of the Genium bionic prosthetic system a breakthrough in the field of knee prosthetics was achieved. Unequalled natural walking, climbing stairs step-over-step, overcome obstacles, walking backwards, standing on slopes and much more: people with a prosthetic leg benefited for the first time from entirely new features, both during leisure time and at work.

Genium X3

The result of a collaboration between the US military and Ottobock, the Genium X3 is quite simply the world’s most technologically advanced microprocessor prosthetic leg. You may have a challenging or adventurous lifestyle. Or, you may simply want to keep up with everyday activities (showering, hiking, running to catch a bus) without having to worry if your prosthesis can make it through.

How do they work?

How do they work?

Stance Phase

The gait cycle is divided into two major phases: stance phase and swing phase. The stance phase happens when your foot is on the ground, when you are applying weight to your leg. The swing phase is when your foot is in the air and swinging forward.

When your foot is in contact with the ground, your leg normally flexes, or bends, sometimes even when you are standing still. The amount of flexion (bending) is relatively small – you don’t want your knee to buckle under you! The muscles of a biological leg are adding resistance, or support, to prevent buckling. When you take a step and put weight on your foot, your knee flexes a little, acting like a shock absorber. This is another time that your muscles are active to stabilize your knee. This also helps take stress off the rest of the body.

Quick Facts

  • Fear of falling causes many people with lower limb amputations to compensate with changes in their walking style, like keeping their prosthetic knee straight with each step.

  • Compensating motions for a stiff-knee gait create unnatural stresses in the ankle, hip, lower back and other leg that can result in long-term effects.

  • When you receive a microprocessor knee, your physician usually prescribes additional therapy and gait training. If you have worn a mechanical knee for years, you may have to unlearn some compensating motions to achieve a smoother walking movement.

  • All microprocessor knees have a weight limit.

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