As a result of my medical file I lost my left lower leg in 1998. As known to most prosthesis wearers, walking on a socket prosthesis varied with many problems. In the beginning you are busy with rehabilitation and survival. As I walked on the socket prosthesis for longer, it became increasingly difficult. The socket was replaced several times a year by blunt problems.
Somewhere in early 2013 I met someone from Norway who wore an above knee prosthesis. When he did this, I was stunned. This man had a pin in his leg to which he fixed the prosthesis. This was my first experience with the later osseointegration prosthesis.
Through my prosthetist I was kept informed about the development of the osseointegration prosthesis in the Netherlands. In 2009 at start with osseointegration treatment for amputeesin The Netherlands it was not yet suitable for below knee amputees. In 2015 I was called by my prosthetist. There was someone who got a below knee osseointegration prosthesis.
A walk-in consultation hour for potential osseointegration prosthesis candidates was organized in Nijmegen. The rehabilitation doctor had to hand in a letter of recommendation. On July 1, 2015 I was invited to this consultation hour. I was suitable for osseointegration and the procedure was started. In November I received a phone call from Dr. J.P. Frölke that it was going to happen. The intervention was carried out on December 8, 2015. On January 26, 2016 I got my osseointegration prosthesis and I could start with rehabilitation.
Stubborn (like many of us) do you think I'll show you, you start in the walkway with support from the rehabilitation doctor Dr. H. v.d. Meent and a team of physiotherapists. I do not call names to forget anyone. Really a great team. The prosthetist, connected to the team, is also fully aware of the osseointegration system. You really learn to walk again.
Many of us who have walked on a socket prosthesis for years, no longer know that there are muscles left in your amputated leg (and stump). These muscles are reactivated as soon as you start wearing the osseointegration prosthesis. This is and experience that certainly lingers at the beginning of rehabilitation. The attachment muscle pain experienced at the beginning of rehabilitation disappears as you progress with rehabilitation. This is also different for everyone.
The support of the Dutch osseointegration team that I experienced during my rehab was really great.