The roots of our business extend back over 70 years to an unimposing red brick building in Oklahoma City.
It was 1947 when Lester Sabolich, grandfather of Scott Sabolich, opened his prosthetic clinic. From the very beginning he focused on improving prosthetic design, and thus, improving the lives of patients. Lester’s son, John Sabolich, grew up in the business and at an early age discerned that the work of his father was not about making artificial limbs, but it was about restoring people’s lives. John Sabolich became a certified prosthetist-orthotist and worked side by side with his father until Lester retired.
The Sabolich Prosthetic & Research Center became internationally famous for breakthrough prosthetic designs such as the patented Sabolich Socket. They were equally well known for providing unsurpassed patient care and for serving patients from all over the world.
Following in the footsteps of his father John, Scott Sabolich became a prosthetic apprentice technician when he was 16 years old. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Science degree, he attended the prosthetics program at Northwestern University and was certified as a prosthetist.
Wanting to carry on the tradition of excellence of his grandfather and father, Scott built a state-of-the-art, stunning 21,000 square foot prosthetics center including a massive 9000 square-foot clinical lab in Oklahoma City. In 2010 Scott opened a second facility in Dallas Tx. More than 40% of the patients who visit the Oklahoma City facility travel from over 42 states outside of Oklahoma.
In 2019 Scott Sabolich Prosthetics entered into a clinical partnership with one of the worlds leading componentry companies, Ottobock. Ottobock, is the pioneer of some of the most advanced prosthetics available anywhere including the C-Leg mircroprocessor knee, the Bebionic hand, the C-Brace Microprocessor Knee, Ankle, Foot Orthoses and the Meridium, Microprocessor foot. Ottobock is a family owned company that has been in business for over 100 years.
The more the human body and its many aspects including appearance, control systems, and biomechanical movements can be mimicked, the more functional, safe, and lifelike the amputee’s abilities will become. We believe the way to successfully mesh man and machine is incorporating computer-controlled prosthetics, which is currently a focus of our research and development. Using artificial intelligence with adaptive control algorithms, our designs allow the prosthesis to sense, think, and respond to the environment.
Our patented computer-controlled prosthetic joint designs employ a microprocessor that provides the appropriate biomechanical function, optimal resistance, and joint angle independent of gait speed and/or terrain. Computer-controlled systems improve the safety, symmetry, and functional abilities of the amputee and may be used on the majority of lower-extremity amputees, including below-knee, above-knee, and hip disarticulation levels.
Because of the advanced nature of the control program, computer-controlled designs are able to provide adaptations to the gait pattern as well as sensory feedback much like the human brain controls anatomical limbs. It is anticipated that this technology will become commercially available within the next two to three years.