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Modular prostheses: the new technology of Mahavir Kmina

Modular prostheses are lighter and allow the assembly of a polycentric knee, a technology that better simulates the natural movement of the knee. Jesús Alberto Plata, technical director of the Corporation, explains what its main advantages are.

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November 20, 2017 | Updated: July 11, 2018

Modular prostheses are not new; in fact, the modular system is the most used for the manufacture of prostheses in the world. However, in most cases, their greater efficiency also implies higher production costs and, consequently, a higher purchase price for the amputee. However, the BMVSS foundation, a non-profit institution that developed the technology used by Mahavir Kmina, has created a new modular system that is efficient and economical. Thanks to the existing agreement between both institutions, today Mahavir Kmina also plans to donate them to whoever needs them to walk again.

"The technology is still in the testing phase, but we are sure that very soon we will be able to offer it as a viable alternative to the prostheses that the Corporation has traditionally donated", explains Jesús Alberto Plata, specialist in rehabilitation and technical director of Mahavir Kmina.

The highlight of this new system is the Standord Jaipur knee, a type of artificial joint that works with four axes of rotation,simulating much better the natural movement of a human knee.Until now, this type of movement was exclusive to the orthopedic high-tech market; however, this BMVSS invention brings the possibility of a successful rehabilitation closer to those people who do not have the resources to acquire a state-of-the-art prosthesis.

The Stanford Jaipur polycentric knee, a new development that expands the prosthetic offer of Mahavir Kmina.

There are already beneficiaries



The modular prostheses have already proven to be an effective alternative to the prostheses traditionally donated by the Mahavir Kmina Corporation. Until now,7 people have benefited from this type of device.


However, the choice of this or another type of prosthesis does not depend entirely on the person benefited; on the contrary, the decision is made by our medical staff, who opt for the adaptation of one or the other depending on the characteristics of the amputation.

Updated: July 11, 2018

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