Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is generally performed when other forms of treatment, including physical therapy and medications, do not effectively reduce symptoms. This type of surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint.

With certain joint replacement surgeries, including hip or knee replacements, a prosthesis or artificial component is used to replace the damaged/diseased hip or knee joint. Age plays a role in joint replacement surgery. For example, knee surgery is generally reserved for those who are 55 years of age or older. Younger recipients of a knee replacement may need to undergo a revision surgery in the future.

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