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Implantable Antibiotic Beads

These Beads Help Joint Implant Patients Receive Time-Released Drugs

— January 11, 2018 — Lifestyle
An orthopedic surgeon working out of the Houston Methodist hospital in Texas has developed special antibiotic beads that are capable of being implanted into artificial joints such as hip implants and releasing the chosen antibiotic over a period of time.

Joint implant procedures are a hassle to undergo for any patient, but they also come with the additional requirement of having to take intravenous antibiotics before as well as after surgery, which can potentially cause infection. The antibiotic beads help tackle this problem by releasing antibiotics where the need is the greatest, with the release process continuing for up to six weeks, which covers the period of time during which the risk of infection is highest.

These antibiotic beads go to show the importance of medical technology innovation in enhancing drug delivery processes and enhancing patient outcomes.
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