You may want to consider joint replacement surgery, if medications, changes in your everyday activities, and the use of walking aids such as a cane are not helpful. Understanding what the procedure can and cannot do is an important factor in deciding whether to have joint replacement surgery.
Most people who undergo joint replacement surgery experience a dramatic reduction of joint pain and a significant improvement in their ability to perform the common activities of daily living. However, joint replacement surgery will not enable you to do more than you could before your joint problem developed. The goal is to relieve the pain in the joint caused by damage done to the cartilage.
Surgical Treatments of the Hip
Osteoarthritis of the hip is the most common reason for a hip replacement. Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear of aging. It causes the cartilage covering the joint surfaces to wear out, resulting in pain and stiffness. As the population ages, it is expected to become even more common. Please use the links provided to learn more.
Surgical Treatments of the Knee
If osteoarthritis wears away a knee joint's articular cartilage, your doctor may recommend total knee arthroplasty (replacement), a common and successful procedure that improves knee motion and lets you resume relatively normal activities without pain. Knee replacement surgery is generally recommended for patients with severe knee pain and disability caused by damage to cartilage from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or trauma. It is highly successful in relieving pain and restoring joint function. Please use the links provided to learn more.