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Joint Surgery Directory

Arthritis and osteoarthritis pain can progress to the point where joint surgery -- often the replacement of hips and knees -- is recommended. Total joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of both bones in a damaged joint to create new joint surfaces. In knee replacement surgery, doctors remove the damaged cartilage and replace it with new joint surfaces in a step-by-step process. Most artificial hip joints will last for 10 to 20 years or longer without loosening, depending on stress placed on the joint. Over 90% of knee replacement surgeries last for at least 15 years. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about joint surgery, when and why joint surgery is performed, what joint surgery looks like, and much more.

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