Historically, orthopedic surgeons delay knee and hip joint replacement surgery in patients under 65 because the life of an implant is typically 10-15 years. Patients who are in pain due to osteoarthritis may have to wait many painful years before orthopedic surgeons consider them a viable candidate for joint replacement. Now, younger and more active joint replacement candidates have a chance at living an active life again with the revolutionary implant material, OXINIUM oxidized zirconium.
Traditional knee and hip joint implants are made of dense plastic and cobalt chrome. As the metal and plastic implant components move against each other, the friction and abrasion can wear them out over time. Because it is 4,900 times more abrasion-resistant than cobalt chrome, OXINIUM metal has been shown to reduce this wear by as much as 85% for knees and up to 60% for hips in lab testing as compared to traditional materials, potentially extending the life of your joint.
OXINIUM material contains no detectable nickel or chromium, which is good news for an estimated three to 10-percent of the population who has metal allergies. Nickel and chromium are the source of most common metal allergies, which makes any OXINIUM hip or knee implant a safer choice.
To learn more, call the Glendale Adventist Orthopedic Center at (818) 863-4446.
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