Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is generally used when other forms of treatment including physical therapy and medications have not been useful. This type of surgery removes damaged or diseased parts of a joint.

With certain joint replacement surgeries, including hip replacement and knee replacement, a prosthesis or artificial component may be utilized. With hip surgery, the doctor typically replaces the hip joint in pain with an artificial hip joint that is composed of metal and plastic materials. Age is also factor, as knee surgery is generally a treatment for those who are over 55 years old. Younger recipients of a knee replacement may need a revision down the road.

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