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What is joint replacement surgery?

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Joint replacement surgery is performed to replace an arthritic or damaged joint with a new, artificial joint called a prosthesis. The knee and hip are the most commonly replaced joints, although shoulders, elbows and ankles can also be replaced.

Joints contain cartilage, a rubbery material that cushions the ends of bones and facilitates movement. Cartilage may be damaged through normal wear, injury, or illness and produce pain in the affected joint. Most people have joint replacement surgery when they can no longer control the pain with medication and other treatments, and the pain is significantly interfering with their lives. The only true indications for joint replacement surgery are pain and disability. Your age is not generally a consideration if you and your surgeon determine that other options are not practical.

Joint replacement surgery by most clinical measures is over 97% successful in relieving pain and restoring normal function when performed by a qualified surgeon.

What is joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is performed to replace an arthritic or damaged joint with a new, artificial joint called a prosthesis. The knee and hip are the most commonly replaced joints, although shoulders, elbows and ankles can also be replaced.

Joints contain cartilage, a rubbery material that cushions the ends of bones and facilitates movement. Cartilage may be damaged through normal wear, injury, or illness and produce pain in the affected joint. Most people have joint replacement surgery when they can no longer control the pain with medication and other treatments, and the pain is significantly interfering with their lives. The only true indications for joint replacement surgery are pain and disability. Your age is not generally a consideration if you and your surgeon determine that other options are not practical.

Joint replacement surgery by most clinical measures is over 97% successful in relieving pain and restoring normal function when performed by a qualified surgeon.