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Hip implants lasting longer

May 18, 2009 2:45:46 PM PDT
Hip implants are just not the same anymore-- and that's good news, because they're lasting longer. That's the finding of researchers at Rush University Medical Center. They found that total hip replacements that use components that don't have cement can last 20 years, or twice as long as the previous versions.

Earlier versions used a special cement to help secure the replacement joint to the patient's bones, but these failed more often , especially after 10 years use.

Instead of cement, the new implants use a porous material to which bone can fuse to create a stronger, longer lasting bond.

Researchers say this is good news for active, younger people who require hip replacements.


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