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Background


In the U.S., there are an estimated 2.8 million amputees, and 1.3 million of these are
transtibial (below the knee) or transfemoral (above the knee) amputees. This number is expected
to grow to nearly 1.6 million over the next five years.


According to the National Institutes of Health, 82% of all amputations are performed due to
dyvascular disease, which is frequently a consequence of diabetes. Sixteen percent (16%)
of amputations are due to trauma incidents, such as car accidents or injuries received during
military service.

As the incidence of diabetes increases in the U.S., the need for limb amputation is also projected
to increase.

While amputations are rare in children under the age of 18 (2%), 42% of all amputees are over the age of 65.
Prosthetic limbs are vital to an amputee’s ability to regain a level of independence that an amputation surgery may have caused them to lose.

Equipping an amputee with a prosthesis provides him/her with a sense of confidence and an increased ability to achieve their desired level of mobility and activity.  Published reports indicate that there are four factors that are most important to amputees when they make decisions about prostheses: 
·       the fit of the prosthesis;
·       the ability to walk with the prosthesis
·        the avoidance of blisters on the residual limb
·        the avoidance of rashes/irritation on the residual limb 1

​​While the “fit” of a prosthesis is critical, the underlying causes of many of these issues - heat and sweat - are problems addressed by the Aquilonix System.

 [1] Issues of importance reported by persons with lower limb amputation and prostheses. Legro MW, et al. JRRD: Vol 36, No. 3, July 1999