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Otto Bock launches wireless implant for stroke disability in UK

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Otto Bock has launched its ActiGait system in the UK. The wireless nerve-stimulating implant is designed to treat patients with drop foot, a common consequence of stroke or other damage to the central nervous system. Patients with the condition, which is characterised by abnormal gait, are unable to raise their foot because of weakness in or paralysis of the dorsiflexor muscles. ActiGait is implanted beneath the skin of the thigh and controlled by a unit that is worn on a belt. Stimulation activates the muscles of the front and lower leg, leading to dorsiflexion and a steadier and more natural walking pattern, Duderstadt, Germany-based Otto Bock says.

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