Joint Replacement Information

The purpose of joint replacement is to remove damaged and diseased parts of the joint, replacing them with new, artificial hardware. The replacement of these joints is meant to improve quality-of-life significantly and offer the patient lasting relief from joint pain and disability. With modern technology and techniques, the risks of joint replacement surgery are significantly lower than ever before. Further, with proper care, artificial joints can last for decades – and for many patients, the rest of their lives. Virtually any joint in the body can be replaced, most commonly:

In some cases, cartilage replacement or restoration may be indicated for appropriate patients suffering from arthritis, joint disease, or wear and tear, but have not seen relief from lifestyle change, medication, physical therapy, or injections.

When cartilage restoration is no longer an option, joint replacement can restore function and quality of life.