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Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics today announced a breakthrough advancement in the use of the LUKE arm prosthesis. Junius Moore, 35, will become the world’s first recipient of an osseointegrated LUKE arm combined with post targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery. This first-of-its-kind prosthetic advancement will pave the way for similar procedures in the United States, benefiting trans-radial (lower arm), trans-humeral (mid-arm), and shoulder disarticulation amputees.

Next Step conducted the first public demonstration of the LUKE arm prosthesis and the fitting that makes it possible to have it integrated into the patient’s living bone and controlled by muscle movements in the remaining limb at a news conference this morning at Next Step’s headquarters in the Med-Tech Mill Yard in Manchester.

Moore, a trans-humeral (mid-arm) amputee due to a motor vehicle accident, underwent targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) surgery by the renowned Dr. Albert Chi, M.D., FACS, Oregon Health Science University (OHSU). By taking advantage of existing neurological pathways, Dr. Chi rewired the nerves that once controlled Moore’s hand and arm to control the prosthetic device.

Moore was initially fit with a LUKE arm prosthesis but quickly realized he wanted more than what the socket technology could provide. He opted to undergo osseointegration surgery by Dr. Munjed Al Muderis, orthopedic surgeon and clinical lecturer at Macquarie University and The Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Sydney, Australia. Osseointegration allows the prosthesis to be anchored directly to the bone, giving patients freedom of movement, eliminating the need for a socket.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to show what is possible with prosthetic advancements,” said Junius Moore, recipient of world’s first osseointegrated LUKE arm. “My goal is to give other amputees hope that they will also be able to take advantage of these incredible advancements that have allowed me to have a working arm.”