Happy Birthday, C-Leg!
Happy Birthday, C-Leg! Best-selling mechatronic knee prosthesis turns 20
More than 70,000 women and men from around the world have been fitted with a C-Leg knee prosthesis since 1997. And the C-Leg is the best-selling mechatronic knee prosthesis to date. Now in its fourth generation, the C-Leg’s 20-year success story has benefited first and foremost from the valuable everyday experiences shared by those who use it, the attending O&P professionals and therapists.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed their development expertise and their active feedback to continually enhancing the everyday usability of the C-Leg. Thanks to their support and continuous technological developments, we have succeeded in making the C-Leg what it is today: a knee joint that operates intuitively to give its users a high level of freedom and independence in their everyday lives.
Professor Bernd Schwien laid the cornerstone for the success of the C-Leg
A prosthesis user himself, Bernd Schwien not only witnessed the birth of the first mechatronically controlled knee prosthesis as a product manager at Ottobock, but also helped the C-Leg achieve early fame. Today, Schwien is a professor in the field of social management whose work focuses on the financing of socioeconomic organisations.
A look back with C-Leg pioneer Bernhard Werntze
Werntze, a teacher at a vocational school, still remembers clearly the feeling of being one of the very first transfemoral amputees to receive a C-Leg knee prosthesis. However, he first had to get used to the intuitive behaviour of the joint, which served as a replacement for its mechanical predecessor model.