Artificial Joints

Topics Discussed on this web page:  

  • Artificial Joints
  • Silicone Joints
  • Implants

When arthritis, trauma or disease causes a joint to become painful or non-functional, it is sometimes necessary to consider using an artificial joint. Artificial Joints are synthetic joint-shaped implants placed in the location of a non-functional joint in the attempt to mimic normal function. 

Many different materials have been used--both metallic and rubbery in consistency.  The most commonly-used material has probably been silicone. 

Each material has strengths and weaknesses, but it is generally acknowledged that the materials developed so far to replace joints are not yet perfect.  Depending upon the material, they may crack and fragment, wear on the surrounding bone, become dislocated, and develop infection. 

After an artificial joint has been implanted, further surgery may be required, as implants don't last as long as our original joints. 



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