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Evaluation of Prosthetic Implant Degradation

Orthopedic Prostheses



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Orthopedic Prostheses

Slide 2

December 2011

Joint replacement is a successful treatment for advanced joint disease, and implantation of orthopedic prosthetic devices contributes to quality of life. Following the initial launch of metal-on-polyethylene bearings, improved bearing surfaces made of ceramic-on-ceramic and metal-on-metal came into the marketplace to enhance the durability for younger and more active individuals. These newer devices were expected to stand up better to constant wear. Metal-on-metal hip replacements have the advantage of increased toughness, decreased wear, and reduced risk of dislocation because of the larger bearing surface.

Orthopedic Prostheses

 


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