CU Limb Restoration Program - Osseointegration

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).

What is Osseointegration

Am I a Candidate for Osseointegration Limb Replacement?

Osseointegration implants are a good option for amputees who are having a poor experience with their current prosthesis or do not want to use a traditional prosthetic leg or arm. Socket prostheses can be difficult for patients with a residual limb that is scarred, short, or wide. Because osseointegrated implants are implanted directly into the remaining bone, the shape of the residual limb does not cause the pain and discomfort patients typically feel with a traditional socket prosthesis.


Patient Evaluation Process

University Colorado Osseointegration Prosthetic Stoneback Limb Restoration

Why choose the University of Colorado Limb Restoration Program?

Dr. Jason Stoneback, Director of the Limb Restoration Program, is one of the few physicians across the globe who 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 
satisfaction rate.

Our Team Members


Osseointegration Physicians

Jason Stoneback, MD

Jason W. Stoneback, MD

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.

Learn more about Dr. Stoneback’s clinical and research work by clicking here.

Danielle Melton, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Danielle Melton, MD

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).

Learn more about Dr. Melton’s clinical and research work by clicking here. 

Osseointegration News & Video


    LLPR Kicks Amputee Data Collection Into High GearOpens in a new window

    Apr 18, 2023
    It’s been just over a year since the Limb Loss and Preservation Registry (LLPR) flipped its shingle from “Coming Soon” to “Open for Business.” Co-founded by the Mayo Clinic with funding from the National Institutes of Health, the LLPR is now receiving data about amputee care from more than a dozen clinical partners, and new affiliates are joining at a rate of roughly one a week.
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  • 5 Takeaways from the Limb Preservation Foundation Symposium

    What We Learned at the Limb Preservation Foundation SymposiumOpens in a new window

    Apr 26, 2023
    The theme of last Friday’s 2nd Annual Limb Preservation Foundation Symposium (co-sponsored by Amplitude) was “Hope, Help & Possibilities.” It was hard not to feel hopeful after the day-long event, which showcased the bounty of emerging treatments and technologies to improve amputees’ lives. There were sessions on mobility, mental health, pain management, osseointegration, next-gen bionic limbs, and a whole lot more.
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  • Osseointegration Direct Connections

    Implant Options Expand ProsthetistsOpens in a new window

    Sep 21, 2022

    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.

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  • Opting for Osseointegration

    Opting for OsseointegrationOpens in a new window

    Sep 4, 2022

    Lauren Malinowitzer never imagined she would spend an entire year sitting in a recliner, deeply depressed from an orthopedic surgery gone wrong. But dead nerves in her right ankle stole her mobility, and daily battles with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) filled her with despair. During one especially bad morning in 2019, Malinowitzer felt the only way out of her agony was to stop living altogether. She wrote goodbye notes to her family and stashed them away. Then she went off to a medical appointment in Manhattan that changed everything.

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  • Osseointegration, A Game Changer for Amputee's

    Osseointegration, A Game Changer for Amputee'sOpens in a new window

    Dec 31, 2022
    As more people with amputations choose osseointegration (OI), prosthetists across the country are learning how to support this patient base. About 2,000 patients across the world have undergone the procedure to have titanium implanted inside their bones to connect to their prostheses. About 500 of those patients have received the Osseo anchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System, the only US Food and Drug (FDA)-Approved osseointegration solution in the United States.
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CU Limb Restoration Program - University of Colorado Hospital
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