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How Implants Become Necessary for Patients in Orthopedic Care

Did you know patient-specific orthopedic implants have become one of the clinically promising options for treatment?

This is because of the rapidly growing number of recovering patients due to better match of an individual’s anatomy. The specific implant technology is advancement that helps patients reduce the procedural costs, surgical time while maximizing results by achieving better and impeccable biochemical fit for implants.

Expert orthopedic surgeons like Dr.Hill at Hill Orthopedics use the commercially-available technology with magnetic or computed tomography resonance image and specialized computer program to make preoperative surgical plans. Using the latest technology, Dr. Hill develops custom-cutting guides from advanced 3-D reconstructed images of patient’s anatomy.

If you have suffered a bone injury or severe fracture, your orthopedic surgeon may use prosthetic implants to realign or fix missing bones or joints. Continue reading to find more about why implants are necessary for your better orthopedic care.

How Implants Become Necessary in Orthopedic Care

As mentioned above, bone is one of dynamic tissues. It undergoes constant remodeling and if there is an injury, the bone tissues have the potential or ability to regenerate with restoration of their mechanical and biological properties.

However, some specific disorders, diseases, and trauma can afflict your skeletal system that may damage the bones. The resulting fracture and defect in the skeletal system leads to mortality. The extent of this mortality may vary from patient to patient.

Though the exact reason is still unknown, it’s likely due to the co morbidities associated to the defects or fractures. Know that whether it is a defect or a fracture, it may lead to the need for implants.

That is to say, when you have a severe fracture, orthopedic implant becomes necessary. It is because your fractured bone needs fixation and realignment for proper quick and better healing. The implants are also a viable and effective solution if your bone tissues fail to regenerate or produce bone defects.

However, implants’ design needs consideration in terms of their biocompatibility, material, surface properties, and mechanical properties. Dr. Hill considers these properties to make the implants closely parallel to the biomechanical properties of patient’s bone and integrate with the tissues while maintaining the integrity.

Types of Implants

Keep in mind that the decision of a doctor to replace a deformed or damaged part with orthopedic implants isn’t always easy. It requires them to consider patient’s health, age, and severity of injury. Moreover, the type of orthopedic implants to use for the surgery is another important decision.

Doctor distinguishes the type of orthopedic implants by their material type and tissue type it replaces. Here are the three main types of orthopedic implants your doctor may use.

  • Metal Alloys

  • Polymers

  • Ceramics

Summing Up

In conclusion, orthopedic implants offer support to a deformed or damaged bone. The prosthetic material replaces diseased bone or certain parts of a bone entirely. It has become an integral part of the bone surgeries due to its effective and optimal outcomes. Visit Dr.Hill’s clinic to explore your orthopedic implants options or receive guidance.


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