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  • 2014_05_April
  • Cover Story
  • Developments in Osseointegration Give Amputees New Alternatives

  • Osseointegration, the structural connection between bone and implant, was first attempted on rabbit bone by Per-Ingvar Brånemark in the 1950s. A little more than a decade later, Brånemark placed osseointegrated dental implants into the first human patient before using this technology on a transfemoral amputee. Coming full circle in the 1990s, Brånemark’s son, Rickard Brånemark, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues continued to apply the technology to both transfemoral and upper-limb amputee patients. Since then, osseointegration has been adopted in Europe and is awaiting approval from the FDA.

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