Steven Kurtz, biomedical engineer and director of the Implant Research Center at Drexel University, is the proud owner of an unusual collection of more than 7,000 artificial knees, hips, and other implants from around the U.S. He receives boxes of discarded devices from 15 hospitals in eight states, all in the name of making artificial implant technology better. “We study the tough things that happen to good implants,” said Kurtz. Kurtz has found that the most common reasons for the failure of joint replacement are infection, a loosening of the device, or dislocation, specifically in hip replacements. It’s less common for the ... Read More
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