London Clinic new surgical service for UK and international patients

 

The London Clinic is the first private hospital in the UK to offer an innovative surgical service to above-the-knee amputees, with the aim of improving the function of the limb and reducing pain and skin-related complications. Military veterans who have suffered serious injury in combat are likely to be suitable candidates for surgery in the UK, when previously they have had to travel to Australia or the US for treatment.

Osseointegration works by anchoring the prosthesis directly into the thigh bone, using the OPRA (Osseointegrated Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) implant system. The systems have been designed by Professor Rickard Branemark, who is internationally acclaimed as the most experienced surgeon in this field having performed over 400 such surgeries.

"As the prosthesis is directly connected to the bone it can dramatically improve limb function as well as patient psychology, reducing dependency, improving lifestyle and providing an opportunity to return to work and a more normal life. We are proud to be able to offer patients from the UK and abroad the opportunity to undergo osseointegration by our experienced trauma surgeons in Harley Street. We are establishing a world-class osseointegration centre at The London Clinic," says Mr Paul Culpan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

London International Patient Services has previously carried out complex surgery at The London Clinic for several patients including a limb salvage surgery for an Egyptian military patient who has since returned to work.

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