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St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital First in Central Texas to Use ReWalk© System, a Robotic Device to Assist Spinal Cord Patients with Standing, Walking

11/21/2013 12:00:00 AM

AUSTIN, Texas – This month, St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital became the first facility in Central Texas to acquire and use the ReWalk© Rehabilitation system to help patients with spinal cord injuries to stand, walk, and navigate slopes and uneven terrain independently.

“We are excited about the impact this new, futuristic therapy will have on our patients,” Juan Latorre, M.D., medical director of the Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee Program at St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital, said. “By restoring vertical mobility in patients who are unable to walk, ReWalk will benefit patients in a number of ways, including improving their overall health and emotional well–being.”

ReWalk is a wearable, motor–driven robotic device that’s worn outside clothing. The bionic suit–which weighs approximately 44 pounds–allows patients to walk by detecting shifts within their sense of balance and then moving their legs in a natural gait.

ReWalk is controlled by on–board computers and motion sensors, enabling user–initiated walking. ReWalk controls movement using subtle changes in the patient’s center of gravity. The forward movement of the patient is sensed by the system, which triggers a step. Repeated shifts in body position generate a sequence of steps, which allows for natural and efficient walking.

By keeping users upright on a regular basis and exercising their paralyzed limbs, ReWalk reduces most of the health problems associated with long–term wheelchair use, including thinning of the bones and pressure sores, as well as problems with their urinary, respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive systems. ReWalk users also report improvements in their psychological well–being by having the ability to communicate with people at eye level.

Ideal candidates include patients who have healthy bone density and cardiovascular systems, as well as the ability to use their hands and shoulders.

The ReWalk Rehabilitation system has been approved by the FDA for use in clinical settings. St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital is one of only two healthcare facilities in Texas to use this technology.

ReWalk is designed and developed by Argo Medical Technologies.

St. David’s Rehabilitation
St. David’s Rehabilitation, including its flagship hospital located at 1005 East 32nd Street, is part of St. David’s HealthCare–one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in January 2012. St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital features private rooms, state–of–the–art technology and the largest rehab pool in the market to support the most comprehensive aquatic therapy program in the region. All St. David’s Rehabilitation facilities provide comprehensive rehabilitative care for patients with neurological conditions, including stroke, and orthopedic illnesses or injuries. St. David’s Rehabilitation also features three satellite facilities located at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center, St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital. For more information, please visit

St. David’s Medical Center
St. David’s Medical Center is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized in January 2012 as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare. Founded in 1924, St. David’s Medical Center is a full–service medical center offering comprehensive medical care at three locations–St. David’s Medical Center, located at 919 East 32nd Street in Austin; Heart Hospital of Austin, located at 3801 North Lamar Blvd.; and St. David’s Georgetown Hospital, located in Georgetown at 2000 Scenic Drive. The three campuses offer a full range of medical specialties, as well as many other innovative healthcare services.

St. David’s Medical Center in central Austin includes a 350–bed acute care hospital and a 64–bed rehabilitation hospital providing comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care. St. David’s Medical Center is also home to St. David’s Neuroscience & Spine Institute and the internationally renowned Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute. The hospital provides a complete range of women’s services, including its acclaimed maternity unit, maternal–fetal medicine, a high–risk maternal and neonatal transport team, the region’s largest and most sophisticated Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and The Breast Center; a fertility center; complex surgical services; a comprehensive Bariatric Surgery Center; and a 24–hour emergency department.

St. David’s Medical Center was named among the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) for four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2013. In October 2012, Truven Health Analytics also named St. David’s Medical Center to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals. The hospital earned a national distinction for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, in 2012 and 2013. For more information, please visit

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