Boom Times Ahead For Osseointegration Nation?
AMPLITUDE interviews S. Robert Rozbruch, MD, chief of the Limb Lengthening and Complex Reconstruction Service at HSS, who discussed the growth and use of osseointegration (OI) in his practice.
“The first year I did OI, about six years ago, I did two or three procedures the entire year,” said Dr. Rozbruch. “Now I’m doing two or three a month. My growth has been exponential, and I imagine that’s the kind of explosive growth the country will see over the next 10 years.”
When Dr. Rozbruch got started as one of the first OI surgeons in the country, the operation was performed almost exclusively on above-knee amputees at the younger, fitter end of the spectrum. But successful OI outcomes are now becoming commonplace in patients who fall outside that fairly narrow profile—including patients who are over 70 years old, who have diabetes, who have below-knee amputations, or who face other adverse indications for OI.
Dr. Rozbruch described himself as “the kind of surgeon who is willing to go on the journey” with a patient—meaning he will operate on someone with a less-than-perfect risk profile, as long as the patient understands the odds and accepts their share of responsibility for optimizing outcomes. Dr. Rozbruch is accustomed to exploring new medical frontiers. OI is one of the latest iterations of that.
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