Orthopedic Implants

What are Orthopedic Implants?

Orthopedic implants can be defined as medical devices used to replace or provide fixation of bone or to replace articulating surfaces of a joint. In simpler words, orthopedic implants are used to replace damaged or troubled joints. The implant surgeries are performed only by highly specialized and trained surgeons. The surgical procedures for each implant involves removal of the damaged joint and an artificial prosthesis replacement.

Orthopedic implants are mainly made from stainless steel and titanium alloys for strength and lined with plastic to act as artificial cartilage. Few are cemented into place and others are pressed to fit so that your bone can grow into the implant for strength.

Why do need for Orthopedic Implants arise?

Osteoarthritis is the primary reason for orthopedic implants. Also called degenerative joint disease, Osteoarthritis causes cartilage to worn down resulting in painful bone to bone contact. Cartilage break down occurs as a result of excess body weight and/or the lack of joint movement. Your doctor will suggest implants as an option only when all non-surgical treatments have failed, including weight loss.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Orthopedic Implants

The major point to remember is that orthopedic implants are designed differently by different manufacturers. This means manufacturers use different theories to develop implants for each specific application. Orthopedic implants not only gives back quality of life but also helps in increasing mobility and reducing pain. Strict post-surgery recovery plan, infection, and possible malfunction are some of the disadvantages of Orthopedic Implants.

Types of Orthopedic Implants

Each orthopedic implant is designed to correct the affected joint so that it withstand the movement and stress associated and to enhance mobility and decrease pain. Broadly speaking, Orthopedic implants are available for the hip, knee, shoulder and elbow. However, information available on a website www.orthopaedic-implants.com there are many categories of orthopedic implants based on application. We reproduce major categories from this website with the permission of Narang Medical Limited, the company which owns this website:

Interlocking Nails
Nails, Wires and Pins
Mini Fragment Implants
Small Fragment
Large Fragment
Cannulated Screws
DHS/DCS & Angled Blade
Hip Prosthesis
External Fixators
General Instruments
Surgical Power Tools

The safe and effective usage of orthopedic implants largely depends on the skill of the operator and, therefore, must be performed only by highly specialized and trained surgeons.



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