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Titanium in Medical-Orthopedic | Titanium Industries, Inc.

The 1950’s saw the first use of titanium in orthopedic applications and now titanium is the standard material of choice for orthopedic devices such as hip joints, bone screws, knee joints, spinal fusion cages, shoulder and elbow joints, and bone plates.

Titanium has been selected as a metal of choice in the orthopedic segment of the market because it is inert in the human body, it is resistant to attack body fluids, has proven to be compatible with bone density, is strong and has a low modulus, hence making it an excellent material of choice in the orthopedic arena.

The human body readily accepts titanium as it has proven to be more biocompatible than stainless steel or cobalt chrome. In addition, titanium has a higher fatigue strength than many other metals. Compatibility with MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and CT (Computed Technology) also contribute to the selection of titanium as the material of choice in orthopedic applications.

via Titanium in Medical-Orthopedic | Titanium Industries, Inc..

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Tantalum Coated Implants – Strong and Durable

Tantalum Coated Implants – Strong, Compatible and Durable

Tantalum is a hard, grayish blue metal. Its importance in the field of orthopedics comes from the fact that tantalum coated implants have several properties that can be used to enhance the quality of the implants used in hip replacement.

Implants used in joint replacements are prone for rejection by the body. Artificial replacement implants such as those used in hip replacements are so designed that the material used in these implants are compatible with the body tissues. This property of an implant is called biocompatibility. A tantalum coated implant has a pinhole free surface, which increases the biocompatibility of the implant. Tantalum can be used in coating the implant surface of most of the materials used in hip implants such as stainless steel, ceramic, cobalt chromium and titanium alloys.

via Tantalum Coated Implants – Strong, Compatible and Durable.

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Hip Replacement vs. Hip Resurfacing

Jane Brody, the Times’s Personal Health columnist, recently reported on less invasive techniques for hip replacement that reduce complications and speed recovery. Dr. Patrick A. Meere, an orthopedic surgeon at New York University who specializes in hip and knee arthritis surgery, joined the Consults blog to answer reader questions. Here, Dr. Meere responds to several readers who asked about hip replacement versus hip resurfacing. In addition, see Dr. Meere’s many responses in the Comments section of “Improving on the Hip Replacement”; additional responses will be posted in the coming days, so check back for updates.

via Hip Replacement vs. Hip Resurfacing – NYTimes.com.

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Biocompatibility – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Biocompatibility is related to the behavior of biomaterials in various contexts. The term refers to the ability of a material to perform with an appropriate host response in a specific situation.[1] The ambiguity of the term reflects the ongoing development of insights into how biomaterials interact with the human body and eventually how those interactions determine the clinical success of a medical device (such as pacemaker, hip replacement or stent). Modern medical devices and prostheses are often made of more than one material so it might not always be sufficient to talk about the biocompatibility of a specific material.[2]

Indeed, since the immune response and repair functions in the body are so complicated it is not adequate to describe the biocompatibility of a single material in relation to a single cell type or tissue. Sometimes one hears of biocompatibility testing that is a large battery of in vitro test[3] that is used in accordance with ISO 10993 (or other similar standards) to determine if a certain material (or rather biomedical product) is biocompatible. These tests do not determine the biocompatibility of a material,[4] but they constitute an important step towards the animal testing and finally clinical trials that will determine the biocompatibility of the material in a given application, and thus medical devices such as implants or drug delivery devices.

via Biocompatibility – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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Hip Replacement Implant Materials | BoneSmart

Hip Replacement Implant Materials

There are a large number of hip implant devices on the market. Each manufacturer has different models but each style falls into one of four basic material categories:

metal on plastic (polyethylene or UHMWPE)

metal on metal (MoM)

ceramic on plastic (UHMWPE)

ceramic on ceramic (CoC)

These category names reference the materials used for the implant bearings. The stem and ball fit into and articulate against the cup or acetabulum. Each component can be made of one of several materials.

There is no consensus in the orthopedic community regarding the single “best” bearing or material. The choice generally comes down to your surgeon’s preference. Each surgeon has innumerable reasons for choosing one device over another, including his or her personal experience as well as tool and implantation method preferences.

via Hip Replacement Implant Materials | BoneSmart.

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TOP 7 HIPster TIPS…During THR Recovery


1.  tvTime to add more movie channels to your TV – ask for a month free promotion.2.   emailAdd email and IM to your phone by getting a month free from your cell phone provider, says time and pain not to have to get up and check your mail; you get everything in one place.3.    baby blankie Buy yourself an adult “blankie” to curl up with and take with you in ever room you lie or relax in.  You should be getting up and changing positions every 25 or 30 minutes.  Taking your “blankie” with you helps to feel secure and safe in the womb of your recovery home.  Mine is a soft, lion-type motif….reminding me that I am strong….like a mother lion.

4.   groceryOrder groceries, water bottles and household items online (I used yummy.com), they deliver your favorites items (including hand-made deli food) and carry it up to your kitchen.

5.    walking with cane Find a neighbor who normally walks daily and ask them if you can tag along on a consistent basis, that way you don’t have to beg or encourage friends to come and take you for a walk.

6.   lettersTell the mailman you’ll be recovering inside your home, and if he/she wouldn’t mind leaving your mail by your door.   You can tip them during the holidays for this gift of convenience.

7.   pink_phone Have a buddy system with a few appointed friends, which you/they check in on daily, in the morning and at night.  Other people and friends have their own lives, and it’s frustrating and almost depressing to feel like you’ve been forgotten during the recovery time.

Take three smaller walks a day instead one big one (which is harder to recover from).  It’s like eating small meals throughout the day – much better for our bodies.  Same with walking….easier to recover from small walks – and more enjoyable to see the world throughout the day!

Ask for what you need – so people know!!! 


Stay tuned for more HIP tips as they reveal themselves!

xoxo…

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HIP Coaching


The Creator of HIPSTER CLUB and MAKING LEMONADE is available to coach you through the rough transition into the land of being truly bionic.

YOU shouldn’t walk(er) those streets ALONE.

Whether you’re pre or post surgery, or just researching your options – you are NOT alone!

Spend a month with HIP coach Jodi and learn the INS and OUTS of becoming more HIP.  


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HIP Happy Hours

Throw a ‘Fond Farewell Party’ for your old hip, and welcome in a newer, more bionic one – with your friends… to help you celebrate this initiation into the Hipster Club!   You can also invite people who may be experiencing their own process of replacement.

Plan your HIP celebration on a cruise ship or resort get-away.  I will create a WOW event for you on an amazing budget!  All you have to do is fill out this form…and we’re on our way to celebrate your newly bionic life!  🙂

Replacing the old self…into a new and improved model.  Celebrate this LIFE CHANGING experience, I did it and it was amazing.  I felt truly supported and loved.  It helped me let people know I am moving forward with courage and gusto.

I’ll help you organize your Hip Happy Hour as sort of your “Coming Out Party” or HIP debut.  I’ll help you with your list, the invitation and how to coordinate it with your schedule.

You are entering a more bionic life, and as scary as it may feel right now – you will feel relieved, revived and ready to be initiated into a new way of being…more HIP!

These HIP Happy Hours are very cathartic and celebratory.  Trust me, I know.  I use to be a DO, DO, DOER.  Now, I have been reminded and encouraged to slow down and do my life a new way …and through the process, I have learned so much more about who I am, and who I’m really NOT….that I’ve created this site for YOU!

I’m here to support you in this initiation, and also assist you in creating  HIPster Clubs in your area. Hipster Clubs are not only to celebrate your new HIP status, but to help others going through it as well.  It’s a form of paying-it-forward!

Start planning your Hip Happy Hour Party right now….   send me an email and let’s get going!

PS: DID YOU KNOW?
Over 30% of all HIP Replacements are now given to people under 59!

What is THAT telling us????

Sign up for our Email Chat group, and meet other HIPsters from around the world!

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70 Most Outstanding Hip Surgeons and Specialists

Here are 70 Outstanding Hip Surgeons and Specialists….the best list I have ever found to lead you to the right surgeon for you!

You must have the right surgeon to trust and believe in – so you MUST research and be your OWN advocate!!!