At Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, we’re here to help you live your best life – with your prosthetic limb. Whether you are dealing with socket pain or have difficulty performing everyday tasks, we can help you feel better and improve your mobility through our Osseointegration Program. 

Osseointegration is a surgical process that involves the direct anchoring of a metal implant to the bone, which then grows around the implant providing a secure attachment point for prosthetic devices.

As one of only a handful of programs in the U.S. offering osseointegration, we’re leading experts who can help you get back to the activities you love.

Is osseointegration right for you?

If you have an amputation above the elbow or knee and have difficulty wearing a prosthesis, osseointegration may be the right choice for you.

You’re a good candidate for osseointegration if:

  • You experience problems with your socket (perspiration, skin problems, pain)
  • You have pain at the interface (connection) between your prosthesis and limb despite adjustments and modifications
  • Your walking distance is limited because of your socket
  • You can’t sit comfortably with your socket
  • You often lose your prosthesis during daily activities
  • You have back pain because you limp while you walk or find it hard to stand or sit straight

Patient Care - What to Expect 

Members of our team, including an orthopaedic surgeon, plastic surgeon, physical therapist and prosthetist, will determine if you’re a good candidate for osseointegration. We make this decision based on a clinical examination, a radiographic evaluation and your amputation status. The radiographic evaluation includes X-rays (used to assess bone quality and identify any abnormalities) and CT scans (used to verify bone length and determine fixture length).

At your first appointment, you can expect:

  • To review your medical history
  • To review and discuss your prosthetic history use, activities and current challenges
  • To review your current prosthetic device, including the socket, suspension system and various attachment mechanisms
  • A socket evaluation
  • To discuss the osseointegration surgical process, including plastic surgery
  • To discuss the role of your osseointegration prosthetist

Through every step of the process, your care team will be there to guide you. You’ll also have the opportunity to connect with former patients through our osseointegration support group.