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In a healthy joint, a smooth substance called cartilage covers the parts of your bones that rub together when you move. Cartilage cushions your bones and allows them to move easily.
Healthy cartilage lets you move your joints without pain when you walk, brush your hair or go up stairs. But arthritis can damage this protective cartilage, which makes these motions painful.
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common conditions that causes wear and tear to your joint cartilage. It develops after years of constant motion and pressure on the joints.
Most people have joint replacement surgery because of osteoarthritis. Other reasons that people may have joint replacement surgery include rheumatoid arthritis, avascular necrosis, hip dysplasia or broken bones.
Arthritis symptoms include:
- Joint pain
Your orthopaedic surgeon might talk to you about having joint replacement surgery to help get you back to a normal, active life. The reasons to have surgery may be different for everyone. But the goal is the same – to get you back to what you love!
If non-surgical treatment options don’t help, your surgeon may recommend joint replacement surgery.
With any surgery, there are potential risks, and results will vary depending on the patient. Joint replacement surgery is not for everyone. Check with your physician to determine if you are a candidate for joint replacement surgery. Your physician will consider the risks and benefits associated with this procedure, as well as individual factors such as the cause of your condition, and your age, height, weight and activity level.
The information contained within this website is for educational purposes only. It is not providing medical advice. This information is not intended to replace the expert guidance of your orthopaedic surgeon. Please direct any questions or concerns you may have to your orthopaedic surgeon. Decisions concerning patient care and treatment should be made solely by your physician(s). With any surgery, there are potential risks and results will vary depending on the patient.