Knee replacement

Knee replacement

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Caption: Prosthetic knee. Replacement (prosthetic) knee joint. The shaft at right will be placed in a hole drilled in the femur (thigh bone). The shaft at left will be placed in a similar hole drilled in the tibia (shin bone). This is a hinge joint which also allows a degree of rotation, imitating the mobility of the natural joint. The T-shaped device at lower right is used for adjusting the joint. Prosthetic knee joints are used to replace joints that have become stiff and painful as a result of arthritis or injury. Knee replacements can dramatically improve knee joint mobility, and can offer years of independence. The artificial components can loosen with time, however.

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Keywords: artificial implant, artificial joint, artificial knee joint, healthcare, hinge joint, joint, knee, knee joint, knee replacement, medical, medicine, prosthesis, prosthetic, prosthetic device

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