Osseointegration…giving improved bionic mobility to amputees
Osseointegration is a word used to describe the integration of a bionic limb or prosthesis directly to human bone. The term ‘osseointegration’ and related changes in bionic solutions came about in the early 1960s when Swedish Professor Per-Ingvar Brånemark discovered that titanium is not rejected by the body. Instead, it integrates very well with surrounding bone tissue.
Professor Brånemark named his discovery from the Latin word ‘os’ – which means bone, and ‘integrate’ – which means to make whole. Dr Per-Ingvar Brånemark and Dr Björn Rydevik performed the world’s first surgery in which a patient was implanted with a transfemoral osseointegrated prosthesis in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1990. This was a major turning point in delivering much improved bionic mobility for amputees.
Bone anchored prostheses have delivered benefits that are simply not possible with conventional socket prostheses. Learn more about osseointegration at: http://www.opraosseointegratio