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How Long Will Your Implant Last?

It is difficult to predict the length of time a total hip implant will last as its life span depends on many factors. Unfortunately, surgical complications can occur and in some cases implants last only a short time. However, the vast majority of implants last for years, providing patients with pain relief and improved function. By following hip precautions and moderating your activity level, you may enhance the function and longevity of your artificial hip.

Surgeons, researchers and implant manufacturers continue to work diligently to improve both the short term and long term outcomes of total hip replacement. For example, OXINIUM technology from Smith & Nephew is a new high performance material shown to reduce acetabular component wear by as much as 98-percent. Less implant wear may extend the life of the implant and reduce the need for future corrective surgeries.

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