Veterans in Utah Among 1st to Get First Prosthetic Implants

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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Two military veterans will undergo surgery in Salt Lake City that will make them among the first in the U.S. to have a surgically implanted prosthetic.
Doctors say Bryant Jacobs and Ed Salau, who both have lost a leg, are scheduled on Monday to receive a percutaneous osseointegrated prosthesis, or POP. “I’m more than happy to be theguinea pig,” Jacobs told the Deseret News.
The prosthetic will be implanted into a residual limb.
Dr. Laurence Meyer, director of research at the Salt Lake VA, says doctors will embed a titanium stud in the femur. They will then attach a docking mechanism for the prosthesis six weeks later.
“Then we will start getting the actual data if it works, and we don’t know that yet,” Meyer said. Doctors say the implants should reduce how much energy the men exert when doing activities.
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