Hanger Honors Branemark with Award

Hanger Orthopedic Group, Bethesda, Maryland, presented its Annual Lifetime Achievement Award February 9 at its annual Education Fair in Reno, Nevada, to Rickard Branemark, MD, MSc, PhD, of the Centre of Orthopaedic Osseointegration, at the Sahlgren University Hospital of Sweden, for his pioneering work in osseointegration.

Osseointegration is a technique developed in Sweden by Branemark's father, by which prostheses are affixed to a special titanium bolt surgically anchored directly into the bone of the residual limb, rather than by a custom-designed hard-plastic socket and silicone or urethane liner fitted over the residual limb. The principle is widely used for dental implants; and for amputees, eliminates many complications of prosthetic sockets, such as skin sores, sweating, and pain associated with sockets.

Today, Branemark is a leading proponent of osseointegration.

Hanger chose Branemark for this year's award to recognize both his father who originated the concept and his own work to bring osseointegration to the next level, according to Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, vice president of prosthetics.

"He is a brave soul, a true pioneer," said Carroll.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented each year at Hanger's Education Fair and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership and implemented change in the field of O&P.