Engineering Professor Talks Pet Prosthetics

August 3, 2009
By Chris Richter

Zootoo Pet News recently interviewed Ola Harrysson, an associate professor of engineering, about his work in osseointegrated prosthetics. Unlike traditional prosthetic limbs, which can be removed, osseointegrated prosthetics attach to the bone.

The osseointegrated prosthetic becomes a part of the pet’s leg and in all cases the animal has been able to ambulate normally using the prosthetic. It is our hope that these animal patients will be able to live a normal life after the procedure and will be able to walk and run like any other pet. The owners still have to be very involved in the process for the procedure to be a success.

A few months ago, we posted a CBS video on Cassidy, a dog who had received this kind of implant here at NC State. We first wrote about the work of Harrysson and veterinary medicine professor Denis Marcellin-Little in 2003.

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