Jace Badia, a veteran from the Iraq war, has a new lease on life thanks to the cutting edge prosthetic technology developed by Dr. Ronald Hugate and Dr. David Schnur at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver.
While the procedure - called osseous integration - has been available in Europe for a while, Dr. Hugate developed a porous metal collar that has never been used before. After the surgery is performed, the patient’s living skin and tissue grow into the collar on the porous metal rod, sealing the operation site around the implant, reducing the risk of infection.
Six weeks after receiving the procedure, Jace is taking his first steps and looks forward to the freedom his new prosthetic offers.