April 2020

Amphibious Prosthetic Limb

In an effort to restore aquatic mobility and independence to lower limb amputees, a team of researchers and doctors at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research at Northwell Health, Manhasset, NY, developed a state-of-the-art, 3D-printed amphibious prosthetic limb known as The Fin. Printed at a lower cost than traditional swim prostheses, The Fin features conically shaped holes in the pylon, which control the amount of water flow to create a natural amount of drag and propulsion. A non-slip sole and an ergonomic shape ensure safe, durable, and efficient movement on land and in water. The Fin allows amputees to easily transition between swimming and walking on land without changing their prosthesis.

 

Northwell Health

northwell.edu/research-and-innovation/the-fin

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