BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- More than 2 million Americans are amputees. Most lost their limbs to medical issues, but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added significantly their number.
Though we have made great advancements in robotic prosthetics, the way they are attached to the body, fitting a bucket to the remaining limb, really hasn't changed much.
Many amputees struggle to find the right fit.
But there is a new surgery, performed with success in other countries, that will soon be performed in clinical trials in the US. And it could someday profoundly change the lives of civilians and veterans here in Maine.
It's called Osseointegration. A titanium rod is inserted in the remaining bone, and the prosthetic is attached to the protruding rod. There is no skin to prosthetic contact, thereby eliminating the sores and rashes many amputees suffer. Because the titanium becomes part of your skeleton, patients say walking is much more stable.
We talk with Rebecca Ray, who went to Australia and paid for the surgery out of pocket, about how it has changed her life.
For more info on the clinic and Doctor Munjed Al Muderis in Australia who is doing the surgery and leading upcoming US clinical trials click here.
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