HOW TO GET YOUR REVIVO SYSTEM
1. Select the hospital
Revivo is offered exclusively in hospitals specialized on this osseointegrative prosthetic system. Presently, select hospitals in Europe and Australia are offering the ReVivo System. For more information please visit our hospital-information-map.
2. Case assessment
In a first step the surgeon will consult with the candidate, assess the case, answer all questions and discuss the procedure and post-surgery physiotherapy. In case the decision to proceed with surgery will be taken, diverse pre-surgery analysis will be done.
In a first step a femoral stem is implanted together with all connecting components that will in a next step connect the exo-prosthesis through a small opening known as stoma.
4. Post surgery and adjustment of the exo-prosthesis
The orthopedist connects now the exo-prosthesis with the already implanted endo-prosthesis and takes care of all necessary patient-individual fine adjustments. Finally he safely fixes all components.
In this phase, the patient learns all about the correct handling of the ReVivo System and starts a weight-loading regime. Weight loading starts at a relatively small amount of weight for a short period of time and increases daily. After reaching the target loading weight walking commences with the use of aids. Once walking unassisted with crutches and pain is well controlled, the patient can start walking using a definitive prosthesis, first with the help of crutches and finally unaided.
LIVING WITH REVIVO
For many amputees, it is difficult to find a way back into an active life or to the working force. Often, they cannot perform activities or sports, and have to rely on the help of others during everyday life. ReVivo offers the chance to regain a normal, independent and active lifestyle.
Miranda was amputated at 14 months as the result of a birth defect. As part of the condition, she is also missing her right hip joint. But growing up, Miranda never wanted to be seen as “the disabled girl”, and she still doesn’t. Miranda body-boarded, skied, rock-climbed, abseiled, kayaked, bushwalked, and beat able-bodies kids at swimming carnivals. The hardest thing was living with the constant rubbing and pain that came with wearing a traditional suction prosthesis.
At times, the pain was so bad she would limit the amount of times she went to the bathroom at work, as the short walk was akin to a Tough Mudder event. Then it all changed one day in May of 2012 when she heard about an osseointegration implant. Miranda was sold immediately. Following her surgery, Miranda barely slept the night before she took her first steps with the new leg.
In a way, Miranda had been waiting for this moment her entire life. To walk without pain. To walk as close as possible to an able-bodied person. When it came time to take her first steps, it felt amazing. Someone commented that her grin was so huge you could see it from behind.
In December 2013, Kathy was struck by the flesh-eating bacterium on her lungs. With only a five percent chance of survival, the doctors offered to give her comfort care so she would leave the world peacefully. But giving up was not an option.
The doctors tried to give her different treatments, but her blood was no longer circulating in the extremities of her body. Discussions about the amputations of her two legs and the tips of her fingers began, and Kathy had to agree as it was the only solution if she wanted to live. Both her legs were amputated above her knees on January 11, 2013. Her fingertips were spared, and she survived.
She did not identify with an invalid and inactive person and she did not want to sit in a wheelchair. Her goal became simple; she wanted to walk in order to regain a normal life. For two years, Kathy tried different sockets that did not allow her to walk and regain her independence; these sockets were never properly adjusted. They were either too tight or painful, or far too large. Kathy was searching for something that would allow her to walk freely and go about her regular routine. Osseointegration seemed to be the solution. At the beginning of 2016, her life changed once more. Five days after the surgery she Kathy was walking again. Never again will she have to try to wear painful sockets which are far too hot in the summer. Above all, she can go about her business and be fully present for her family which keeps growing.
Joe was injured while serving in Afghanistan when he was only 21 years old. He was deployed with the 82nd Airborne and was hit by an improvised explosive device blast while on foot patrol in 2010. As a result, his right leg was amputated just below his hip. The road to recovery was a long and difficult one for Joe. He had been working with traditional prosthetics for nearly five years with no success, and was forced to use crutches most of the time.
Joe learned about osseointegration shortly after getting hurt and knew it was the best solution considering how high his amputation was and how difficult it was to wear a traditional prosthesis. Finally, he decided for an osseointegrative system and the surgery was performed in Australia in August, 2015, by Prof Munjed Al Muderis making Joe the first United States veteran to have the procedure. Within a few months after the surgery, he was able to walk without the use of any crutches or canes. He is now able to go hunting, hiking, swimming, and most importantly, live a normal life with his wife.
In May of 2014, Melissa had it all. For many years, she was a full-time mail carrier and had been making plans for a great future for her family. With one doctor visit that was all ripped away. It was discovered that she had cancer in her knee and amputation was her best chance of surviving. So, in June, 2014, she underwent amputation surgery. Even after the amputation, she was determined to have that great future; job included. But she struggled for months with a socket and no amount of determination made those sockets comfortable or usable.
As the weeks passed by, once again she saw her dreams dissolving. She had heard about osseointegration but hadn’t taken it seriously. Once she realized that a socket wasn’t an option for her and she was going to be on crutches for the rest of her life, she started thoroughly researching the osseointegration technology. She traveled to Australia in June, 2015 to get the implant and as a direct result, she got her life back. She went back to work four months after the osseointegration surgery and she hasn’t slowed down since.