Problems with the current, stump-socket method of prosthetic attachment for amputees include general discomfort, rashes, sores, and pain in the residual limb [1]. To alleviate these and other problems with prosthetic attachment, methods of securing a prosthetic to a skeletally-anchored percutaneous endoprosthesis are currently being developed [2]. These skeletally-anchored prosthetics provide a more direct transfer of load between a prosthetic limb and the residual limb, preventing bone resorption. This method allows patients to better sense and control their prosthesis [3, 4] and alleviates problems inherent to a prosthetic that attaches to the skin. Because the endoprosthetic device penetrates the skin, this method could also allow the direct attachment of nervous tissue to the implant which could be an important step in the future development of neuronal prosthesis control. Human clinical trials are currently underway in Sweden and the UK to test these devices in both human and animal patients.

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