Infection after a joint replacement surgery is of major concern as it affects up to 30,000 people each year in the U.S. Arthroplasty is a surgery that is performed for joint complications arising from osteoarthritis, injury, or fracture of the knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, or elbow. It improves and revives the full functionality of the bone joints which may be affected by arthritis, juvenile arthritis, injury, or a fracture. Arthroplasty of the existing bones involves reforming the bone structure or using artificial implants or prostheses. The artificial implants are made with materials, such as ceramics, metals, and polymers.
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