Veterans in Utah Among 1st to Get First Prosthetic Implants

Veterans Get First Prosthetic Implants

AP10ThingsToSee - Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry stands with his prosthetic hand over his heart, wearing his Medal of Honor during the "Pledge of Allegiance" at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, during a ceremony to honor him and other recipients of the Medal of Honor from Washington state. Petry lost his hand in 2008 when an enemy grenade he was throwing away from fellow soldiers detonated while in combat in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

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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