Hip and Knee Surgery Patient Education
Arthroplasty, or joint replacement, is a surgical procedure to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint (prosthesis). This surgery may be recommended after other treatment options have failed to provide adequate relief from pain and or disability. In the United States alone, more than 435,000 joint replacement procedures are performed each year — most often involving the hip and knee.
With recent advancements in joint replacement and reconstructing procedures as well as in artificial prostheses, more patients are finding relief from their debilitating pain.
Browse entries from our health library below for general information about these procedures and the recovery process.
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- About hip surgery
- About knee surgery