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Joint Replacement Surgery: What You Need to Know

Joint replacement surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint. It replaces them with new, human-made parts. Joints may need to be replaced when they are damaged from:

  • Arthritis (inflammation of joints that causes pain and stiffness)
  • Years of use
  • Disease

The goals of joint replacement surgery are to relieve pain, help the joint work better, & improve walking & other movements. Your provider will likely first suggest other treatments to reduce pain and help you move better, such as:

  • An exercise program
  • Walking aids like a cane or walker
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications

Complications after joint replacement surgery include infection, blood clots, & joint failure. Wearing away of the joint surface may become a problem after 15 to 20 years.

SOURCE: NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis & Musculoskeletal & Skin Diseases: Understanding Joint Replacement Surgery opens in new window

Source: medlineplus.gov

Updated: March 9, 2018 — 2:44 am

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