Upper Limb Expert Randall Alley and His Bionic Hand Patient Featured in Syndicated Television Program, ‘The Doctors’

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Prosthetist Randall Alley and his inspirational upper limb patient wearing the world's first commercially available multi-articulating bionic hand, are guests on the Doctors TV show episode March 11th, "Futuristic Medicine That Can Change Your Life."

“Randy's expert knowledge of upper limb prosthetics has truly been useful in that he has helped me to fully realize the magnitude of things I can do again with this bionic hand,” said Boston.

Randall Alley, CP, LP, FAAOP, an expert in upper limb prosthetics and CEO for biodesigns inc., and his patient, Telisa Boston, are guests on the syndicated television program, “The Doctors,” Thursday, March 11. Alley will discuss the i-LIMB™ hand, the world’s first commercially available multi-articulating bionic hand, and how it helped Boston in the segment, “Futuristic Medicine That Can Change Your Life.”

“The Doctors” is a syndicated program airing at different times throughout the country. Check your local listings (http://www.thedoctorstv.com). In the Los Angeles area “The Doctors” is broadcast on KCAL (channel 9), at 11 a.m.

The i-LIMB hand from Touch Bionics has five independently powered digits, providing new levels of dexterity previously unavailable to upper limb amputees. Alley is an accredited i-LIMB practitioner and a Touch Bionics Development Partner for both its i-LIMB hand and ProDigits™ technology.

Boston, who lost her right arm at age 16 to a rare tumor, was fit with the i-LIMB in 2008. She previously only wore a cosmetic or passive prosthesis and was in need of a more functional solution to better handle her duties as a highly-visible sales professional. Alley has specialized in upper limb prosthetic care for nearly 20 years and knew the revolutionary i-LIMB hand and his interface (socket) design would enable her to accomplish her goals at work and encourage her to more actively use her right arm.

With the i-LIMB, Boston has a new level of dexterity, allowing her hand to open and close around objects more naturally and securely because they conform to the shape of the object. Now she can easily perform daily tasks such as typing on a keyboard, carrying products at a trade show, and creating presentations. She is better able to communicate and interact with associates using hand gestures and has improved her work performance since she was fit. She now feels assured that audiences are focusing on her message, presentation and physical demeanor, instead of her physical challenges.

“Randy's expert knowledge of upper limb prosthetics has truly been useful in that he has helped me to fully realize the magnitude of things I can do again with this bionic hand,” said Boston. “None of the other prosthetists I have worked with specialized in upper limb prosthetics. Most work on lower limbs and help upper limb amputees from time to time. Randy is the expert on arm prosthetics, and it truly makes a difference.”

Alley is CEO and chief prosthetist for Southern California-based biodesigns inc., (http://www.biodesigns.com), an innovative and technology-driven prosthetics company specializing in the most advanced upper limb patient care, rehabilitation, and product development. He is the creator of the patent-pending High-Fidelity Interface, the XFrame, and ACCI, three interfaces that brought advanced biomechanical principles to socket design. Alley also is working with DEKA Research as their prosthetic interface design consultant for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) “Revolutionizing Prosthetics Project” chartered to develop the next generation upper limb prosthesis for the military, aka the “Luke Arm.”

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