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Can an artificial joint manifest a reaction or symptoms?

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes?: Artificial joints only act as resurfacings for arthritic joints. Therefore, ligaments, muscles, and nerve endings are preserved. So, if the joint is irritated, unstable, or inflammed then the usual response of pain and swelling ensues. So, an artificial joint can become symptomatic like any native joint.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 49 years experience
Yes: They can loosen or even cause the body to "reject" them.
Last updated Oct 21, 2013
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