To be considered a candidate for the microprocessor knee, most insurance companies follow the Medicare Functional Level guidelines to determine if a person with an above-knee amputation will benefit from this technology.
The microprocessor knee is typically approved for a Functional Level 3 (FL3 or K3) above knee amputee. A FL3 above knee amputee is defined as “an individual with an amputation of the limb between the knee and the hip that has the ability or the potential ability to walk at various walking speeds, traverse on uneven ground, and step over curbs and steps.”
Who is the Microprocessor NOT for?
The microprocessor knee will not GIVE you stability, it will not GIVE you the ability to walk fast or descend stairs and ramps. As a comparison, if you did not know how to type a letter on a typewriter, you will not be able to type a letter on a laptop computer. The computer is faster and more efficient than a typewriter, but you still need to have the ability and functional capabilities to know how to type in order to benefit from state-of-the-art technology.
The microprocessor knee is NOT for:
· Pediatric amputee’s (Must be at least 5’ tall to use a microprocessor knee)
· High impact sporting activities.
· Water activities.
· Individuals lacking the strength to walk with any type or style of prosthesis.
· Geriatric individuals confined to a wheelchair.
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