Medical advances: Limb loss and prosthetic technology
The Morning Show on Wisconsin Public Radio interviews Taylor J. Reif, MD, orthopedic surgeon and member of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at HSS, on-air to discuss medical advancements in amputation procedures and prosthetics in wake of the recent discovery of a 31,000 year-old-skeleton in Indonesia revealing the oldest known evidence of an amputation.
Dr. Reif explained, “There has actually been a major advancement in last 10-15 years when it comes to treating patients with a residual limb - the technology is called osseointegration. It is a term that encompasses a piece of metal that is placed into remaining bone (usually the femur or tibia in the lower leg) and the bone then grows onto the implant which then can be directly attached to an external prosthetic.”
Listen to the full episode at WPR.org.