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Hip and Knee Replacement Implants

Information about the hip and knee implants used during hip and knee replacement surgery. The implants are the devices used to replace the damaged, worn out joints.

Should I Ask My Doctor For an ID Card to Identify a Metal Implant?
Metal implants used in surgery can cause alarms to activate during airport security screening. For many years, doctors produced ID cards to identify patients with metal implants or joint replacements. However, these cards are no longer issued, and not necessary.

Hip Replacement Implant Options
Hip replacement implants are continually being investigated for potential improvements. Choosing a type of hip replacement implant depends on a number of factors. Some hip replacements have been designed to last longer, others have been designed to act reliably. Learn about hip replacement implant options.

Custom Total Knee Replacement
The essentials of a knee replacement surgery are universal, but there are some new techniques and implants that have raised interest in knee replacement. Once such change is the development of a custom fit knee replacement designed to fit more precisely to the patient.

How are joint replacement implants held in the bone?
Joint replacement surgery requires implants to be fit into the bone. knee and hip replacement implants can either be held in place with cement (glue) or press fit into the bone.

Gender Specific Knee Replacement Implants
A gender specific knee replacement implant is a special type of joint replacement that has been designed either for a man or a woman. Orthopedic manufacturers have started to manufacture these gender specific implants in an effort to improve the durability and function of knee joint replacements.

Ceramic Hip Replacement
Ceramic hip replacements are being implanted more commonly in a effort to have a hip replacement that lasts longer. But are these ceramic hip replacements as good as traditional implants, and do they last longer? Learn about ceramic hip replacements and what options you have.

Rotating Knee Replacements
A rotating knee replacement implant is designed to replicate normal knee motion. Some surgeons believe the rotating knee replacements may last longer than a traditional knee replacement. Whether or not the rotating knee replacements are actually better is still being investigated.

Should You Worry about Metal Ions after Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement?
In an effort to increase the longevity of hip replacement implants, some surgeons use a hip replacement that is made entirely of metal. These metal-on-metal implants are known to release metal ions into the body that can be detected in the blood and in the urine. Is this a problem?

Will A Metal Implant Set Off Metal Detectors
Many commonly used orthopedic implants are made of metal. These include hip replacements, knee replacements, plates and screws, and many other implants used in orthopedic surgery. These metal devices may set off metal detectors at the airport.

Can I Have A MRI With A Metal Implant or Joint Replacement
MRI is a test that is used to diagnose many common orthopedic problems. However, patients cannot have a MRI if they have some types of metal implants. FOrtunately, most orthopedic implants are safe for MRI machines.

Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Problems
Metal on metal hip replacements are a specific design type of hip replacement. Recent concerns, problems, and recalls have caused anxiety for patients about hip replacement implants. Learn about the issues with metal-on-metal hip replacement implants.

Are You Worried About Hip Replacement Recalls?
Patients having had recent hip replacement may be worried about recent implant recalls. Have you had a recent hip replacement? Share your thoughts about recent recalls of hip replacement implants.

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