example of osseointegration on a patient's leg and man in dress pants standing wiith them. kawartha prosthetics, peterborough

What is Osseointegration?

Established in the 1950s, the term osseointegration was founded by Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark when he discovered the integration ability of human bone and titanium metal. This breakthrough discovery played a large role in his career but an even bigger role in the future of prosthetics. Even now, osseointegration is used to attach artificial limbs to the human skeleton permanently.

How does osseointegration work? The procedure is typically a two-step process which includes inserting a titanium metal implant in the bone of a leg or arm. This causes the skin to penetrate, attaching the prothesis to the implant with a connector.

diagram on osseointegrations with labels of text to explain the different parts. kawartha prosthetics/. peterboroughWhy Osseointegration?

Osseointegration is best for patients with severe amputation. Advantages to osseointegration are: stability, improved movement (for walking and within joints), and a sense of realism. Since the artificial limb is attached directly to the bone, the prosthesis just feels like another part of your body.

Other advantages to keep in mind: fast and easy to remove, security, safety, does not irritate skin, increases prosthetic use, improves the quality of life and the ability to walk longer distances without discomfort.

Should I Consider Osseointegration?

With that being said, that doesn’t mean osseointegration is ideal for all patients. For those who are considering, please read through our list to see if this is the right choice for you:

  • people experiencing problems with their socket
  • people with limited walking distance capabilities (because of their socket)
  • people experiencing discomfort when sitting, due to their socket
  • people who often  lose their prosthesis when doing daily tasks
  • people experiencing back pain from standing for an extensive amount of time

Want to learn more about osseointegration? Contact us! Let’s work together to improve the quality of your life.

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