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FDA approves the first implantable, above-the-knee prosthesis

By Stacy Lawrence

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an option for patients who have trouble with the standard socket leg prosthetics that are typically used for those with above-the-knee amputation. The implantable prosthetic requires two surgeries, but it’s intended to encourage prosthetic usage and to improve patient outcomes.

The OPRA (Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) Implant System, as the newly approved prosthetic is known, is from Swedish bone-anchored prosthetic specialist Integrum AB.

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