Joint Replacement Surgery
Hip and knee joint replacements are helping people of all ages live pain-free, active lives.
Joints are formed when two or more bones are connected by tissue called cartilage. Healthy cartilage serves as a protective cushion, allowing smooth and low-friction movement of the joint. If the cartilage becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around the joint become inflamed, causing pain. With time, the cartilage wears away, allowing the rough edges of bone to rub against each other, causing more pain.
If only a portion of the joint is damaged, a surgeon may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts. However if the entire joint is damaged, then a total joint replacement is done. To replace a total hip or knee joint, a surgeon removes the diseased or damaged parts and inserts artificial parts, called prostheses or implants.
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