Why Choose a Microprocessor Knee?
What’s the difference between a microprocessor knee and a mechanical knee prosthesis? How do MPKs work exactly? And what sets Ottobock solutions apart? Here’s a quick overview to answer your most pressing MPK questions.
Stance, Swing, and Everything in Between
All prosthetic knees are designed to emulate two phases of your natural walking pattern or “gait cycle”:
During stance phase, your foot is on the ground. Your leg is slightly bent, acting as a shock absorber while providing enough resistance to support your weight.
During swing phase, your foot is in the air and swinging forward. Your knee flexes more so that your foot can clear the floor as it swings forward into the next step.
But it’s the way they recreate these phases of gait that separates one type of prosthetic knee from another.
The Ottobock Portfolio of Microprocessor-Controlled Knees
Kenevo: Build More Confidence
For activity levels 1 & 2
Looking to feel safe, secure, and supported with every step? Whether you need more stability for day-to-day activities or are striving to reclaim your independence during rehab and recovery, Kenevo is ideal for those with moderate or changing mobility needs.
C-Leg: Choose Proven Performance
For activity levels 2 – 4
Live your healthy, active life on the world’s most trusted and preferred microprocessor knee. (*1) Our signature MPK, C-Leg dynamically adapts to a wide variety of situations — and the C-Leg 4 update delivers next-level personalization and user experience.
Genium: Experience Intuitive Flow
For activity levels 2 – 4
Step into more possibilities with an exceptionally natural gait. Designed for those who want to move with the moment, Genium provides the freedom you need to focus on your experiences — not your prosthesis — as you embrace opportunities in everyday life.
Genium X3: Discover Powerful Versatility
For activity levels 3 & 4
With Genium X3, you can go anywhere life takes you, any way you want to get there. Whether hurdling over obstacles or swimming underwater, push yourself to new heights with a prosthesis designed to excel in any activity, condition, or environment.
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Key Features of Ottobock MPKs
Enjoy a smooth walking pattern regardless of terrain, walking speed, footwear or carried weight. Our MPKs enable harmonious, fluid movement via: adaptive yielding control, which enables the right amount of flexion resistance; adaptive swing phase control to ensure the ideal flexion angle; and other innovative features.
Microprocessor Knees to Fit Any Lifestyle
Robert feels confident with his Kenevo
Robert enjoys the simple but important things in his life. Being able to plan his day, make breakfast or enjoy the afternoon in the garden. His Kenevo gives him support with adjusting to new situations and mastering everyday challenges.
Clinical Study Support
Clinical research drives everything we do
Every Ottobock Microprocessor Knee is supported by the highest levels of clinical data. Our MPKs are extensively tested on different types of terrain, slopes, stairs, ramps, and hills. They’re tested for safety, mobility levels, efficiency, ease of use, preference, satisfaction, and more. With dozens of top-quality studies at the heart of your mobility, you can truly trust your MPK to meet your unique needs as you move through life.
Answers to common MPK questions
Your activity level (or “mobility grade”) is a number between 1 and 4 that indicates your overall physical condition and potential for benefiting from various prosthesis options. Your prosthetist will assess your activity level and use it to set therapy goals and determine which solution is most likely to maximize your mobility and quality of life.
Activity Level 1
Description: Those with Level 1 mobility typically use their prosthesis only for transfers or moving slowly on level floors. Walking time and distance are likely very limited due to overall physical condition.
Therapy Goal: Restore the ability to stand and walk indoors for short periods.
Ottobock MPK Options: Kenevo
Ready to Get Started?
Everyone has different mobility goals and lifestyle preferences. With the Ottobock portfolio of microprocessor knees, you’re sure to find a prosthesis you can trust at every step — one that will keep you moving and help you live your life the way you want.
Schedule a fitting with a certified prosthetist today to discover the solution that best fits your individual needs.
1. Wismer, N., Mileusnic, M., Sreckovic, I., & Hahn, A. (2016). First results on next generation C-Leg. Poster presentation at OTWorld, Leipzig, Germany.
2. Mileusnic M, Hahn A, Reiter S. Effects of a novel microprocessor-controlled knee, Kenevo, on the safety, mobility, and satisfaction of lower-activity patients with transfemoral amputation. J Prosthet Orthot 2017;29(4):198-205.