Periprosthetic Infection Issues with Osseointegrated (OI) Implant Technology in Amputees

  • Catherine Loc-Carrillo
  • Alec C. Runyon
  • James Peter BeckEmail author


The emerging technology of percutaneous osseointegrated skeletal attachment of artificial limbs, for the amputee population, presents new research and clinical challenges for preventing and treating infections at the implant/skin interface and the deep bone/implant attachment. The goal of this chapter is to review the current literature and to identify the challenges and possible solutions to these challenges that would ultimately allow wider introduction of this technology, particularly for the benefit of patients with multiple short stump amputations not ­amenable to current socket prosthetic docking systems.


Amputees External osseointegrated implant Complications 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Loc-Carrillo
    • 1
  • Alec C. Runyon
    • 2
  • James Peter Beck
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of OrthopedicsVA SLC Health Care SystemSalt Lake CityUSA
  2. 2.University of Nevada School of MedicineRenoUSA
  3. 3.Department of OrthopaedicsThe University of UtahSalt Lake CityUSA
  4. 4.George E. Wahlen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical CenterVA Salt Lake City Health Care SystemSalt Lake CityUSA

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