Osseointegration Prosthetics

Osseointegration (OI) is the structural connection between living bone and a load-carrying metal implant. First introduced into dentistry in the 1960s, OI has been an option for some lower and upper limb amputees since the 1990s in Europe. The prosthetic components are attached directly to the implant via a connector, eliminating the use of a traditional socket.

There are various advantages and disadvantages to take into account when considering this option, which your Prosthetist can talk you through.


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Osseointegration Prosthetics FAQs

What are Osseointegration Prosthetics?

Osseointegration, also known as Direct Skeletal Fixation (DSK), involves the insertion of a prosthetic implant into the remaining bone of an amputee. This implant allows for a direct attachment of an external prosthesis, eliminating the need for a traditional socket-mounted prosthesis. This surgical innovation utilises cutting-edge technology to enhance mobility and significantly improve the quality of life for amputees.

Benefits of Osseointegration Prosthetics

  • No More Sockets: Say goodbye to sweating, rubbing, bruising, chafing, and discomfort caused by traditional sockets.
  • Easy Attachment: A single screw attaches and removes your prosthesis in seconds.
  • Improved Mobility & Gait: Increased muscle use and control result in a more natural gait with an expanded range of motion.
  • Direct Mechanical Control: Experience full control of your limb with direct mechanics and improved osseoperception.
  • Fast Rehabilitation: An accelerated surgical and rehabilitation program reduces the overall recovery time to 4–6 week
  • Lower Cost: With no need for regular socket re-fittings, significant cost savings can be achieved.

Who is a Suitable Candidate for Osseointegration Prosthetics?

Many amputees unable to wear a prosthetic socket, either due to a very short residual or allergic reactions to socket materials, may find osseointegration suitable. It is recommended to explore all socket options before considering osseointegration. While this technology has improved the quality of life for hundreds of amputees, it’s crucial to note that some may experience infections and require permanent medication.

How Does Osseointegration Differ from Traditional Socket-Based Prosthetics?

Unlike traditional prosthetics, osseointegration replaces the prosthetic socket and socket interface with an abutment protruding from the distal end of the residual. The prosthetic knee or foot can then be directly attached to this abutment, achieving direct skeletal fixation and eliminating the need for a prosthetic socket.

How Much do Osseointegration Prosthetics Cost?

For information on the cost of the medical procedure, Osseointegration International can be contacted. The cost of prosthetic components for osseointegration can range from $20,000.00 to $150,000.00, depending on your goals and lifestyle. At Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, our experts can assist you in selecting the most appropriate prosthetic component.