Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters…to Patients
Over the last several years, there has been a steady escalation of interest in and research associated with the use of osseointegration (OI) as a means of managing unilateral transfemoral amputations. Much of the research has focused on the viability of the boney attachment or abutment. Can it be implanted safely? Will it loosen over time? Will infection rates be manageable? While these questions—and the research that helps to answer them—are undoubtedly important, a number of studies have also included considerations that are more immediately relevant to current and prospective OI patients: Will it improve my overall comfort? Will it improve my functionality? And the more nebulous, question: How have other patients responded to the treatment?