Osteolysis is a complication of knee replacement that occurs when particles are generated by the plastic pieces of the implant. These particles activate the body’s defenses, including white blood cells. The white blood cells digest these foreign particles, but they also can digest bone. The result is bone damage and implant loosening. This condition is more common in implants that are made of polyethylene. While this material allows for more natural joint function, it is also more susceptible to wear. When severe bone loss occurs, the implant loosens and revision surgery is required.

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