Osteointegrated implant

Case contributed by Dr Craig Hacking


Pain and swelling over last few weeks. BKA as a young adult.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Long stemed hinged total knee replacement with an external tibial stem. No periprosthetic lucency to suggest infection or loosening.

Case Discussion

Osteointegrated implants are used in the knee following below knee amputation if the patient can't tolerate a socket. This prosthesis allows an artificial limb to be attached to the external tibial stem.

Osseointegration was initially developed in dental surgery and now the principles are being applied in orthopedics.

Obviously, with metal in direct contact with both the outside environment and bone, there is a risk of infection.

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Case information

rID: 56240
Published: 20th Oct 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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