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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. Ihab Ibrahim
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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?

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 definition or description of: Artificial joint?

What is the definition or description of: Artificial joint?

Joint replacement: An "artificial joint" is a term describing a joint that has been operated on and typically replaced by a synthetic joint with the goal of improving pain and/or function of the joint. A common example is a patient who has a painful, arthritic knee and undergoes a total knee replacement. ...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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How do artificial joints stay in place and work with the human body? how long do they last?

How do artificial joints stay in place and work with the human body? how long do they last?

Total Joints: It depends on the joint that was inserted. The most common are Hip and Knee. As the materials improve the longevity has also improved. Its not uncommon to get 20 years out of a well placed total joint these days. The literature says there is a 1% chance of failure for each year the joint is in. So 100% will fail at 100 years. ...Read more

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What materials are artificial joints made of?

What materials are artificial joints made of?

Many things: Total joints can be made out of various metals including stainless steel, cobalt-chrome, or titanium, and the inserts are made out of these metals, or plastic, or ceramics. ...Read more

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Can you be a?Firefighter if you have?An artificial joint?

Can you be a?Firefighter if you have?An artificial joint?

Sure: This should not lead to problems as long as you are able to pass the rigorous physical fitness testing that they are required to undergo. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is joint replacement with an artificial joint?

What sort of problem is joint replacement with an artificial joint?

Whiich joint?: Which joint disc hip shoulder knee elbow wrist ankle finger pipj mcp. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the signs of an allergic reaction due to artificial joints?

Can you tell me the signs of an allergic reaction due to artificial joints?

Joint Failure: If one has an allergic reaction to the materials in a joint replacement typically the patient will have complications with the joint or joint failure. ...Read more

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Is it possible?To ?Replace an injured AC shoulder joint with an artificial joint?

No need: If the problem is painful arthritis, the joint can be safely removed, called a distal clavicle resection. If the joint is unstable because of injured cc ligaments, the ligaments can be reconstructed. ...Read more

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How big a surgery is replacing an ?Ankle joint with an artificial joint?

How big a surgery is replacing an ?Ankle joint with an artificial joint?

Only experienced md: If it's your surgery, any surgery should be taken seriously. Ankle replacement like most surgeries can very in complexity based on patient factors (size, health, previous surgeries). It should be performed by an experienced surgeon, in this case that usually means a fellowship trained orthopaedic foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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My hips and kness get sore everyday when i walk. Would getting artificial joint replacement be good?

My hips and kness get sore everyday when i walk. Would getting artificial joint replacement be good?

Other options: There are many other non-operative options for the pain such as oral medicines, bracing, exercises and injections. However the specific cause of the pain needs to be determined before a specific treatment can be recommended. ...Read more

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Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Are there total knee replacement options, besides traditional artificial joint replacement surgery?

Yes: Alternatives to total knee replacement include partial knee repalcement and osteotomy. Partial knee replacement is done if the arthritis is confined to only one part of the knee. Osteotomy is done if there is an angular deformity contributing to overloading of one side of the joint. ...Read more

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper
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Artificial Joint (Definition)

An "artificial joint" is a term describing a joint that has been operated on and typically replaced by a synthetic joint with the goal of improving pain and/or function of the joint. A common example is a patient who has a painful, arthritic knee and undergoes ...Read more


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