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Osseointegration Is a Beneficial Solution for Amputees

In December 2020, the FDA approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System—the first implant system in the United States for transfemoral amputees who have difficulty using a conventional prosthesis. OPRA had been previously available and marketed under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE) since 2015.


Author AAOS | Publish Date May 11, 2021
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

Lengthening a limb after a bad break of his hip

It’s not often you manage to damage yourself in a city of 70,000 – the population of Broomfield or Castle Rock – that’s also the middle of nowhere. So it was, though, for Wim Haverhals. During the week leading up to Labor Day 2017, the 50-year-old Denver IT professional was back in Black Rock City, Nevada, for the annual weeklong Burning Man arts and music festival. He and wife Kristi had brought along young-adult offspring for what had become a regular pilgrimage for the Dutch-American and his family.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date January 13, 2021
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

Resistol Rookie Bull Rider of the Year from Rifle

Colten Fritzlan was named the 2020 Resistol Rookie Bull Rider of the Year, has had quite the journey filled with bull riding injuries, said Dr. Jason Stoneback, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Surgery and Director of the Limb Restoration Program at UCHealth.


Author Fox 31 | Channel 2 | Publish Date December 12, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

OSSEOINTEGRATION: A SURGEON’S PERSPECTIVE

Dr. Jason Stoneback calls osseointegration (OI) a “game-changer” for amputees. He also knows that successful outcomes can’t be assumed. They have to be earned. As one of the few OI surgeons in the United States, Stoneback has seen first-hand the procedure’s potential to transform amputees’ lives. “I have a lot of patients who are very emotional because of how profound the impact is on them,” he says. Recent studies have reported sky-high success rates for OI, with major improvements in quality of life, mobility, and pain management. Our piece on Munya Mahiya from a couple of weeks ago amply illustrates the upside of OI.


Author Amplitude | Publish Date September 10, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

The Front Lines: Team Ropers in the Healthcare Field during the COVID-19 Crisis

The team roping industry is packed full of heroes, who step up to the front line when they’re called. During the COVID-19 crisis that brought the nation to a screeching halt, ropers in the healthcare field jumped at the chance to help those in crisis, and we honor their contribution here. When we recognized the COVID-19 surge was coming, department leadership made the decision to stop all elective surgeries to preserve PPE and decrease patients in beds. We had to quickly triage all the patients we had scheduled for surgery and see who was absolutely critical. From there, I immediately developed a disaster management plan for the department, especially as a level-one trauma and burn center, because we still have patients who need cared for. 


Author The Team Roping Journal | Publish Date June 03, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

Tricky limb-restoration surgeries preserve Colten Fritzlan’s promising rodeo career

The World Championship Rodeo Alliance’s Feb. 28 Royal City Roundup in Kansas City, Missouri, featured just nine bull riders. Among them were current world standings leader Jose Vitor Leme, two-time world champion Jess Lockwood, world number-three Joao Ricardo Vieira, and a 19-year-old from Rifle, Colorado, named Colten Fritzlan.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date May 04, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

What if you break a hip (or leg, or whatever) during a pandemic?

The new coronavirus is rightly, and almost entirely, devouring news cycles. But even as COVID-19 swamps our attention and stretches the capacity of our health care institutions, those who might in “normal” times end up at UCHealth hospitals for other reasons are still coming. The SARS-CoV-2 virus hasn’t erased heart attacks, organ failures, cancers, injuries, or other illnesses and chronic conditions that need medical attention. The virus is, rather, an addition to and complicator of the many health problems people have anyway. A hypothetical example: a 75-year-old woman with a heart condition falls and breaks her hip. She needs emergency orthopedic surgery. An ambulance arrives, destination UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus


Author UCHealth | Publish Date April 05, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

Osseointegration surgery gives amputee hope for better, faster, stronger life

Janet Corral, 53, stands on the mobility platform at UCHealth Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic – Stapleton. She unweights herself with her hands on the stainless-steel rails running the length of the apparatus. Her black New Balances rise and fall as she slowly and gingerly walks in place. Guy Lev, the physical therapist who leads the rehab clinic, observes and corrects. He’s focusing on her posture, and so is a visitor who, like Lev, has a doctorate in physical therapy. Ruud Leijendekkers, in from Radboud University Medical Center in the Netherlands, has long experience in helping leg amputees walk again – as does Lev. Corral, though, is no ordinary above-the-knee amputee.


Author UCHealth | Publish Date February 03, 2020
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Innovation    Trauma and Fractures

Dr. Jason Stoneback Breakthrough Story

Dr. Jason Stoneback, Chief of Orthopedic Trauma and Fracture Surgery at the Anschutz Medical Campus, is driven to push the limits of what’s possible. He’s now enabling amputees to live a higher quality of life using innovative limb restoration techniques. Osseointegration integrates a bone-anchored prosthesis into an amputee’s skeleton. Unlike a traditional socket prosthetic, it allows amputees to feel vibrations and sense pressure through the prosthesis, which is essential for activities like driving. It also allows patients to function at a higher degree and with far less discomfort or pain. Discover how Dr. Stoneback is radically changing what’s possible for limb restoration. This Is Breakthrough™


Author CU Anschutz News | Publish Date January 01, 2020
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Press Coverage    Trauma and Fractures

Limb restoration gives amputees bold way to move forward

Dr. Jason Stoneback and his team at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus have enabled hundreds of patients with limb maladies to live active and productive lives. Dr. Stoneback is chief of orthopedic trauma and fracture surgery, director of the Limb Restoration Program, and vice chair of clinical affairs. Today on CU on the Air, we talk to him about osseointegration and the treatment of many other complex limb conditions.


Author CU On The Air | Publish Date December 04, 2019
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Department of Orthopedics In the News

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Sport-specific approach facilitates successful return to play after concussion

news outletHealio
Publish DateMay 21, 2022

BOULDER, Colo. - In this video from the International Extreme Sports Medicine Congress, Sherrie L. Ballantine-Talmadge, DO, discussed sport-specific return to play protocols for extreme sports athletes.

“What we have found throughout the years is that – even with diagnosis as well as treatment – we had to make it sport-specific. These athletes developed early brain mapping so that they could spin, twist and turn in a different way than a football player or a soccer player,” she said. “The goal of today was to have people think and take the next step and understand there [are] differences in the way that you [rehabilitate] athletes after concussion, and that you are going to get the best outcome with a sport-specific return.”

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Acute paraspinal compartment syndrome following non-spinal orthopedic surgery

news outletHealio
Publish DateDecember 16, 2021

A 29-year-old non-smoking man with a BMI of 37 kg/m2 and history of bipolar disease sustained a right subtrochanteric femur fracture and pseudoaneurysm of his right proximal femoral artery after a gunshot in December 2016.

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FOX News

‘Simone’s bravery is teaching us all a lesson,’ Colorado doctor and former gymnast commends Olympian

news outletFOX News
Publish DateJuly 31, 2021

Flips and perfect finishes initially made Biles a role model to so many. However, her latest decisions, prioritizing mental health on the world’s center stage at the Olympics is something sports medicine doctors hope young athletes can learn from.

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AAOS

Osseointegration Is a Beneficial Solution for Amputees

news outletAAOS
Publish DateMay 11, 2021

In December 2020, the FDA approved the Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees (OPRA) Implant System—the first implant system in the United States for transfemoral amputees who have difficulty using a conventional prosthesis. OPRA had been previously available and marketed under a humanitarian device exemption (HDE) since 2015.

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