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What You Should Know

What You Should Know About Joint Replacement

Joint replacement (the term orthopaedic surgeons use) is usually reserved for patients who have severe arthritic conditions.

Circumstances vary, but generally patients are considered for total joint replacement if:

  • Functional limitations restrict not only work and recreation, but also the ordinary activities of daily living.
  • Pain is not relieved by more conservative methods of treatment—such as medications, physical therapy, arthroscopy (cleaning the joint), the use of a cane, and/or by restricting activities.
  • Stiffness in the joint is significant.
  • X-rays show advanced arthritis or other problems.