Q: How are titanium hip replacements made?
Titanium hip replacements consist of two components – the ball and the socket. Titanium is a durable and light metal, which is given the shape of the natural hip joint for replacement. Titanium implants are most commonly used in people who are allergic to implants containing nickel.
Q: What kind of metal is used in hip replacement?
Titanium and cobalt chrome (which contains nickel) are most commonly used to create metal on metal or metal on plastic implants. Usually, the use of cobalt chrome is preferred over titanium because the former can be given a better polished finish for smooth motion.
Q: What is a ceramic hip replacement?
A: Ceramic hip replacement involves the use of a relatively newer type of implant, which is made up of alumina ceramics. It could be a ceramic on ceramic implant or a ceramic on plastic implant. Ceramic implants offer greater wear resistance and smooth movement of the joint.
Q: How much is a titanium hip?
A hip replacement surgery with a ceramic implant may cost around $6000 in India. On the other hand, the same surgery may cost around $40000 in the US and $10000 in the UK.
Q: What is the best material to use for hip replacement?
The use of metal on plastic implants is preferred because of the associated advantages. The use of ceramic implants is gaining popularity because it is highly resistant to scratches and natural wear and tear.
Q: How long do hip implants last?
High-quality implants last for at least 10 to 20 years.
Q: What hip implants have been recalled?
Metal on metal implants were recalled in the US because of the problems associated with it. These implants are known to release metal ions in the body, which may accumulate in the blood over a period of time. This may trigger a number of diseases, including cancer. It has also been associated with accumulation of metallic debris that may damage the soft tissues surrounding the joint.