Estimates of the numbers of biomedical devices incorporating biomaterials usedin the United States in 2006 include the following:
Some Examples: Hip ReplacementOsteoarthritis: Common Causes of Hip Pain and Loss of Hip Mobility•Usually occurs after age 50 and often in an individual with a family history of arthritis. In this form of the disease, the articular cartilage cushioning the bones of the hip wears away. The bones then rub against each other, causing hip pain and stiffness.
Some Examples: Hip Replacement•A prosthetic hip replaces the painful arthritic joint. •The modular prosthetic hip replacement system used today has three components – the femoral stem, the femoral head, and the acetabulum. Each component has multiple sizes which allow for a custom ft.