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What are the advantages of using artificial joints over transplants?

What are the advantages of using artificial joints over transplants?

Immune system: Transplants from other people will invariably trigger rejection reaction on the part of the recipient due to difference in the antigen make up between the donor and the recipient. Artificial joints are made out of metal and contain no protein and hence no antigen stimulation will occur. This doesn't necessitate life long immunosuppression as in transplant surgeries. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


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What are the advantages of artificial joints over transplant joints?

What are the advantages of artificial joints over transplant joints?

No rejection: In principle replacement of joints with a deceased donor source is logical. However, the larger the tissue, the more difficult to create adequate blood supply, and foreign tissue (not from an identical twin) is subject to the rejection response requiring anti-rejection drugs. Smaller grafts, bone, cartilage, cornea don't require a significant blood supply and are at less risk for rejection. ...Read more

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What are the advantages of artificial joint replacment surgeries?

What are the advantages of artificial joint replacment surgeries?

Pain relief: Joints are typically replaced when they become arthritic and painful. Artificial joints do not function as well as normal joints, but do perform better than painful/arthritic joints. Range of motion and strenght are typically improved with joint replacement surgery, which leads to better function. Artificial joints will all eventually wear out and there are some limitations with there use. ...Read more

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What are artificial joints built of?

What are artificial joints built of?

Metal and plastic: http://blog.uhmchealth.com/2010/08/16/what-are-artificial-joints-made-of/.

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What is an artificial joint made from?

What is an artificial joint made from?

Artificial joints: Typically they are made from surgical steel and a special plastic but sometimes parts are also made of ceramic. ...Read more

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What does it meant to have an artificial joint?

Replacement: An "artificial" joint is one that is man-made and surgically replaces someone's own joint. ...Read more

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Can an artificial joint manifest a reaction or symptoms?

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. ...Read more

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What is the reason that natural body joints last longer than artificial joints?

Ability for repair: The difference really comes down to wear. While the native joint has some ability to repair itself, an artificial joint doesn't. How long an artificial joint lasts is determined by many factors, but eventually comes down to plastic wear. Every single step caused wear particles to form and eventually these will cause the knee to fail. Depending on other factors that can take 5-30 years. ...Read more

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Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Artificial Joint (Definition)

An artificial joint is a metal or plastic prosthesis that is used in surgical replacements ...Read more