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

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


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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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I have had two neck surgeries in 3 years - fusion c4-5, artificial joint (c2-3) and and cage/hip graft c5-6. Last 24 hours, severe quad twitch/spasm ?

I have had two neck surgeries in 3 years - fusion c4-5, artificial joint (c2-3) and and cage/hip graft c5-6. Last 24 hours, severe quad twitch/spasm ?

Hard to say: Multiple potential causes of pain and spasm in your "quad". Presumably you mean in your quadriceps, which is in your leg? Usually would be related to the area itself, or a referred or radicular pain which could potentially be related to the back. As high as 20 percent of patients with neck problems can develop similar problems in the back. Don't hesitate to be seen. ...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 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 an artificial joint manifest a reaction or symptoms?

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 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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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