Detect Endoprosthesis loosening at an early stage

Our society is aging. So the number of people who need an artificial hip joint, for example, is also rising. This can have long-term consequences for the healthcare system. “In more than ten percent of cases, loosening of the implanted prosthesis occurs within 15 years after hip surgery” (Alexander Franck, MD). The time of detection plays a decisive role in planning a new operation that may be necessary: the earlier loosening is detected, the lower the complications in the event of a prosthesis replacement. “The presence of mechanical loosening or loosening due to infection significantly influences treatment and prognosis.”
Using measurement data, Jan Lützelberger’s team hopes to be able to make a statement about early loosening in the future using an ultrasound-based measurement method. In addition, the method offers, in principle, the possibility of detecting the formation of a bacterial film on the prosthesis.
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Cindy Dötschel Coburg University, Press releas 21.09.2023 (german original)
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