At MCOP, we have been working with vacuum suspension systems increasingly over the past 2 years. During this time, we have applied several vacuum systems to address the varying needs of our clients; we have been generally very pleased with the results. Read our previous post about the benefits of vacuum suspension if you would like to know more about the specific clinical benefits of vacuum systems.
In January of 2013, Ossur was working on the release of its first vacuum system, the Unity, and chose to test the technology with our team. We were one of only a handful of facilities worldwide chosen by Ossur as a test facility, and are currently one of the first offices in the US to be fully certified on the use of the Unity System.
The Ossur Unity system is unique in the way that it uses the natural motion of the prosthetic foot to create vacuum suspension. The vacuum is pulled by a device in the foot shell of the J-shape Flex-Foot, with no batteries or power required.
There are a few key features that make the Unity system unique:
It should be noted that for some amputees, vacuum systems may not be an appropriate solution. This is especially true for amputees with medical conditions or medications that can cause limb volume changes.
At the moment, Ossur Unity is only indicated for use by trans-tibial (below knee) amputees, and is designed to work with most, if not all, of the Flex-Foot feet in the near future.
To understand whether Ossur Unity is right is right for you; request a consultation with one of our qualified prosthetists.