Candidates for osseointegration: if you have
- Difficulty walking, standing, or sitting with your prosthesis socket
- Pain or irritation such as sores and chaffing with your prosthesis socket
- Sudden loosening or fitting-problems
Benefits of osseointegration
- Better stability standing or walking
- Improved quality of life
- Less pain or irritation experienced with socket prosthesis such as sores, chaffing, or sweating
- Longer walking distances and better sitting comfort
- Osseoperception: a more natural feeling; the ability to sense or feel the prosthesis
The evaluation process begins with a clinical pre-screening to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. In-person screening and testing is scheduled based on pre-screening outcomes. After candidate selection, additional baseline testing is planned and you may be sent home with pre-habilitation exercises to improve your strength or flexibility.
Our specialists have a variety of device or implant types that can be used for osseointegration. They perform single stage and two stage procedures. These stages will be discussed at more length during your visit with the surgical team. Implant type, bone quality, and various other factors will help determine the best technique and implant for you.
A well-designed rehabilitation program plays an essential role in osseointegration success.
You will meet with our Physical Medicine and Rehab team at your initial consult and again preoperatively. Rehabilitation is individualized and you can expect three weeks of physical therapy with our team following osseointegration. Once home, we will work with your local physical therapist to ensure post-operative plans are executed.