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Research project: Health implications of metal ions and particulates released from hip implants

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The wear and tear of the various components of implants can lead to massive release of potentially toxic metal particles and ions. Some of the major components of implants (e.g. Co and Cr) are known to be harmful and it is apparent that metal species can cause reactions in the immediate vicinity of the implant (e.g. tissue necrosis) that frequently require the implant to be replaced. In addition, there is evidence that dissolved and particulate metals released from implants may be transported to distal parts of the body where they may have further health implications.

The objective of the study is to provide fundamental chemical and physical data for dissolved and particulate metals that can then be used to aid in design of prostheses and surgical procedures that minimise potentially adverse health impacts from the breakdown of implants.

Associated research themes

Materials and surface engineering

Related research groups

national Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS)
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