Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint Replacement Surgery

What is joint replacement surgery?

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Joint replacement, a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (called a prosthesis), may be considered only after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and/or disability.

More than 230,000 primary total hip replacements and more than 540,000 total knee replacements are performed in the United States annually.

When preparing for joint replacement surgery

As with any surgery, there are some preoperative considerations to keep in mind, including, but not limited to, the following:

Consult your doctor for more specific preoperative planning for your individual condition and type of joint replacement surgery.

Possible complications associated with joint replacement surgery

Although joint replacement surgery is successful in 90 percent of cases, complications may still occur, including, but not limited to, the following:

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