Pongratz Engineering has just completed its sixth generation of Scuba Leg, a highly innovative water prosthetic designed for below-the-knee amputees.
Troy Pongratz and his wife, a below-the-knee amputee, initially wanted to plan a Caribbean vacation that included scuba diving several years ago. Dissatisfied with her prosthetic options at the time, Mrs. Pongratz, and her husband Troy, set about to design a water prosthetic device like no other. The Scuba Leg is highly innovative in that it features a walking and swimming mode that can be switched back-and-forth with a one-hand release mechanism. The wearer does not even have to look at the release to activate it. The device is sand proof and works just as easily in the shower. As a result, several insurance companies have reviewed the device as a medical aid that could be covered under an amputee’s insurance.
“We are at the point with this product that we would like to manufacture 50 of them and begin the process of Beta testing it,” Troy Pongratz, president of Pongratz Engineering, states directly. “What makes this product unique to us is that we created the SCUBA Leg specifically to solve a problem that my wife had with her prosthetic options. We really did not intend to profit by selling this device. The net result is we have created a highly innovative product that delivers features no other prosthetic device currently provides.”
The Scuba Leg can be retrofitted into an existing prosthetic leg, giving the below-the-knee amputee the option of fitting an existing prosthetic.