Joint replacement surgery is removing a damaged joint and putting in a new one. A joint is where two or more bones come together, like the knee, hip, and shoulder. The surgery is usually done by a doctor called an orthopaedic surgeon. Sometimes, the surgeon will not remove the whole joint, but will only replace or fix the damaged parts.
The doctor may suggest a joint replacement to improve how you live. Replacing a joint can relieve pain and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include the shoulders, fingers, ankles, and elbows.
Knee replacement surgery may be an effective treatment. Some medical treatments for degenerative joint disease may include, but are not limited to the following -
- Anti-Inflammatory Medications
- Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate
- Pain Medications
- Limiting Painful Activities
- Assistive Devices for Walking (such as a Cane)
- Physical Therapy
- Cortisone Injections into the Knee Joint
- Viscosupplementation Injections (to add lubrication into the joint to make joint movement less painful)
- Weight Loss (for Obese Persons)
- There may be other reasons for your doctor to recommend a Knee Replacement Surgery.