Joint replacement is the process of surgically replacing a damaged joint with a synthetic joint made of metal, plastic, or ceramic. Joint replacement can eliminate pain and restore movement. Joint replacement is beneficial for people with pain that is so severe it limits their ability to walk, work, or perform simple activities.
Joint replacement is only recommended after careful diagnosis. There are other medical alternatives for joint problems, including arthroscopic or microscopic surgery, anti-inflammatory drugs, or cortisone injections. However, joint replacement is often the most effective long-term solution. You should discuss all of your options with your physician before making a decision.
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Before joint replacement surgery, we recommend you make the following preparations: