What is Osseointegration?

What is Osseointegration

Prosthetic Osseointegration (otherwise known as a ‘bone anchored prosthesis’) is the surgical implantation of a metal rod into the bone to attach prosthetic componentry. This replaces the traditional methods of fabricating a socket for the stump to fit within. Osseointegration is still relatively new method for amputees, however interest in this procedure has grown rapidly over recent years as a potential alternative for amputees.

Osseointegration has both advantages and disadvantages for any amputee considering this option for their prosthetic needs, each should be considered against your individual situation to see if this is the right one for you.

Osseointegration advantages include the elimination of socket related issues, improved sensation, and a reported increase in range of motion to the lower limbs. However, the main disadvantages include increase risk of infection due to a permanently open abutment site and damage to the internal structures requiring further surgery.

BPO currently provides the adjustment and maintenance of existing osseointegration componentry. If you would like to discuss osseointegration services further, please call our office or talk with your treating Prosthetist.

For more information on Osseointegration please see a link to the Australia Orthotic Prosthetic Association’s (AOPA) fact sheet