“Following lower limb amputation, quality of life is highly related to the ability to use a prosthetic limb. The conventional way to attach a prosthetic limb to the body is a socket. Many patients experience serious discomfort wearing a conventional prosthesis because of pain, instability during walking, pressure sores, bad smell or skin irritation. In addition, sitting is uncomfortable and pelvic and lower back pain due to unstable gait is often seen in these patients. The main disadvantage of the current prosthesis is the attachment of a rigid prosthesis socket and variable body. The socket must fit tightly for stability during walking but should also be comfortable for sitting”. (Paul M. Frolke & Henk Van De Meent)

“Symptoms like pressure pain, eczema, damages due to the pressure with inflammations of the bone-prosthesis interface might still cause trouble. These effects can be alleviated by the new concept. Integral Leg Prosthesis follows the concept of anchoring the prosthesis within the bone through the skin, avoiding any contact of the exo-prosthesis with skin. This leads to a result significantly better with respect to load transfer and guidance of the prosthesis”. (Orthodynamics GmbH)

“Attaching artificial limbs to the body remains clinically challenging, with inadequate mechanical fixation, poor stump-socket fitting particularly to short residual limbs, friction leading to the development of pressure sores, infection of the stump soft tissues and sweating often leading to limb disuse. Eliminating the socket, by directly attaching the artificial limb to the residual bone through osseointegration transmits forces through the bony skeleton alleviating the problems associated with the socket. Infection is the main complication”. (Professor Gordon Blunn, PhD)