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
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
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.