Osseointegration is an advanced reconstructive surgery technique for amputees that eliminates the need for a traditional prosthesis. Because the implant connects directly with the bone of the residual limb, osseointegration patients regain body awareness and improve their balance and gait.
Osseointegration offers patients a better quality of life and improved function & mobility without the usual socket prosthesis-related issues such as pinching, sweating, muscle weakness, and skin irritation.
Osseointegrated bone-anchored prostheses can be implanted in the humerus (upper arm bone), radius or ulna (forearm bones), femur (thigh bone), or tibia (lower leg bone).
Dr. Jason Stoneback, Director of the Limb Restoration Program, is one of the few physicians across the globe that has been trained in all osseointegration implant procedures.
Since its founding in 2015, the University of Colorado Limb Restoration Program has been unique in its comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach. All of our patients receive world-class care and personalized attention. Each patient is monitored by our Osseointegration Program Coordinator, who guides patients through the program.Our team includes a social worker and amputee rehabilitation specialist , as well as physicians specializing in wound care, plastic surgery, foot & ankle care, interventional radiology, endocrinology, rehabilitation medicine, prosthetics, infectious disease, gait analysis, vascular medicine, and musculoskeletal oncology. We are proud to earn our 100% patient
Dr. Jason W. Stoneback, Director of the Limb Restoration Program, was one of the first orthopedic surgeons to offer osseointegration surgery in the United States and is widely considered to be one of the best osseointegration surgeons in America. He has performed over 100 successful osseointegration surgeries and is regarded as a world expert in the field. Dr. Stoneback has been a practicing orthopedic surgeon since graduating from the University of Tennessee in 2006 and was trained in both OPRA and press fit osseointegration techniques in Germany and the Netherlands. He strongly believes in the connection between form and function and strives to provide patients with real options – often when all other choices have been exhausted.
Dr. Danielle Melton, Director of Amputation Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Limb Restoration Program, specializes in the rehabilitation of orthopedic trauma patients. She is a leading medical expert on amputation medicine and osseointegrated amputees and has been selected by her peers as a “Best Doctor in America” every year since 2009. She is the Co-Chair of the Limb Restoration Rehabilitation Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, serves as the Scientific Chair for the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry (a National Institutes of Health/Mayo Clinic initiative), and does research with the Department of Defense’s Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC).
Eric Mollaret, a transfemoral amputee and recipient of the OPRA™ Implant System, enjoys the ordinary, simple and everyday freedoms that many take for granted. PHOTO: Integrum NEED TO KNOW • Approximately 2,000 individuals worldwide, and 500 who live in the United States, have undergone osseointegration (OI) surgery to attach a prosthesis via implant.