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The implants, normally consisting of a metal surface (the ball and stem that are anchored in the femur) that interacts with a plastic surface (liner of the implanted cast socket shell), have been redesigned into metal-to-metal hips in two different styles.
The materials prevented the adhesion of platelets around sensors implanted in dogs' arteries and also seemed to dilate those blood vessels, helping blood to flow more freely.
One month later, the patient again returned with a postauricular skin breakdown and exposure of the implanted device.
Most patients achieved good vision in the implanted eye a day after surgery.
Chief among them is the elimination of a need to periodically remove the surgically implanted device that contains the magnetic beads.