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Microprocessor-controlled lower limb prosthetics

Status: Decision completed

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Policy context

Prostheses are devices that are used to replace or compensate for the absence of a body part (present at birth, or due to illness or trauma). For prostheses used to replace lower limbs, there is a need for a device to replace the normal function of the knee and/or ankle. There are several devices available that use computer technology to enhance the function of the basic mechanical knee/ankle design. Objective evidence is needed to determine whether significant benefit is obtained.

Primary criteria ranking

  • Safety = Low
  • Efficacy = High
  • Cost = High

Assessment timeline

  • Draft Report Published: September 15, 2011
  • Public Comment Period: September 15 - September 30, 2011
  • Final Report Published: October 18, 2011
  • HTCC Public Meeting: November 18, 2011