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Scientists find all-metal hip implants produce natural lubricant

Posted on January 16th, 2012 No Comments

Scientists from the U.S. and Germany recently found that all-metal hip implants have the ability to produce a natural lubricant called graphite.

Researchers believe this discovery could help device manufacturers create hip implants that will last longer and be less likely to be defective.  The study comes shortly after a U.S. Food and Drug Administration study revealed that patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements are more likely to need revision surgeries than patients with hip replacements made of other materials.

According to the new study, graphite forms in a layer around all-metal hip replacements due to the friction created when the metal ball and metal socket slide against each other.

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