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The technology of hip replacement

Michael B. Mayor, John Collier
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 1 Number 2: Page 58 (June 1994)

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Abstract: Between 80 and 90% of hips destroyed by rheumatoid arthritis can be restored to useful function and rendered free of pain by total hip arthroplasty. With more than 100 implant designs on the markey and with surgeons performing hip arthroplasties according to idiosyncratic precepts arising out of their training and experience, useful comparisons of results are scanty. It is generally accepted that the main postoperative problem is long-term loosening of the prosthetic parts. Some solutions, such as cementless insertion and modular implants, have given reise in turn to other difficulties. Innovative efforts to improve hip implants offer hope to younger patients who could also benefit from total hip replacement.

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