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Is it possible for the body to reject a knee replacement implant?

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Duke Orthopaedics Adult Reconstructive Surgery
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It is generally accepted that people can have a "metal allergy" and associated difficulty with a total knee prosthesis made out of metal. It is a very hard diagnosis to confirm and the options to address it included a revision to a prosthesis made out of titanium and or a ceramic "lined" component. There are times where a revision surgery like this really helps the patient and other times when it does not seem to help that much. The questions of metal allergy comes up when a patient has knee replacement that is painful despite the fact that the radiographs look good and the work up for infection and loosening is negative. This is a very tough problem for the patient and, for the reasons outlined above, the surgeon as well. 
   

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