Artificial implants, or prostheses, are used to replace diseased or damaged bone around joints so that patients are able to enjoy, to a degree, normal movement once again. The implants mimic bone shape and can be made of metal, high density polyethylene or ceramic.
Hip, knee, ankle, elbow and shoulder joints can all be replaced with artificial implants, although hip and knee replacements procedures are by far the most common.
Implants tend to last up to 15 years. Your surgeon will know which implants are best suited to you.