A Life-Changing Option for Many Amputees
Adjusting to life after limb loss is a journey. At MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center, we’re with you the entire way. We offer expert care for the full continuum of rehabilitative needs, including pre-operative, acute post-operative, pre-prosthetic, prosthetic training and long-term follow-up of individuals with upper and lower limb amputation. And we are committed to providing patients with the very latest in prosthetic technology, which now includes osseointegration.
What is Osseointegration?
Osseointegration is a cutting-edge technology that has been developed over the past few decades as a dramatically different—often life-changing—prosthetic option for individuals who have lost a limb, whether due to cancer, injury, or other condition. Osseointegration involves placing an implant into the residual bone of the amputated limb, coupled with an adapter that exits the skin through a small opening. The existing bone grows, or integrates, onto the implant, creating a stable structure that attaches directly to the prosthetic limb, without the need for liners or socket suspensions.
Osseointegration makes it possible for amputees to wear their prosthesis for longer periods of time with greater comfort than a traditional socket, which in turn provides a better quality of life. Additional advantages over socket prostheses include:
- Faster and easier donning and doffing
- Elimination of fit issues due to weight gain or loss
- Reduced problems with perspiration
- Less pressure sores and skin irritation
- Better outcomes for hard-to-fit patients, including those with very short residual limbs.
Previously only offered overseas, the most advanced osseointegration technology was recently approved under an investigative license by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the United States. A revolutionary surgical procedure, it has proven to be a safe and effective procedure for certain patients, dramatically reducing recovery time, and resulting in a more rapid return to function.
Are You a Candidate for Osseointegration?
Our limb-loss specialists are currently recruiting a cohort of patients for osseointegration trials in the Mid-Atlantic Region. All interested prospective patients are asked to complete the secure online form found here. Patients will then be contacted to confirm their medical and social demographic history, prosthetic history, general expectations, and compliance, as well as to discuss the exclusion criteria. After an individual consultation with the team, suitable patients will be selected, notified, and enrolled in the trial.
Call 443-777-2663 or complete this secure form to see if you are a candidate for our osseointegration trials.
To check if you are a candidate for this clinical trial, complete the form or call 443-777-2663.
Matthew T. Wallace, MD, MBA, is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic oncologist, well versed in the diagnosis and surgical management of benign and malignant tumors of the pelvis and extremities. Dr. Wallace was named a 2016 and 2017 "Top Doc" by Baltimore Magazine for orthopaedic oncology. Click below to learn more.