Percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses for amputees

Osseointegrated prostheses
Percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses (POP implant), (photo by KSL)

Osseointegration is defined as the formation of a direct interface between an implant and bone, without intervening soft tissue. The term refers to the direct structural and functional connection between living bone and the surface of a load-bearing artificial implant. The surgical procedure first started in Sweden in 1990. But US doctors have began to practice percutaneous osseointegrated prostheses (POP implant) only in 2015. The first surgeries for the two veterans took place on Dec. 7 and Feb. 8, 2015, when was involved implanting the device into the femur bone and attaching a post to the femur component of the device through the skin. During this year, doctors at the Salt Lake VA plan to attach osseointegrated prosthetics for eight amputee veterans.
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