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Medical Reference Related to Osteoarthritis

  1. Osteoarthritis Prevention

    WebMD explains ways to help prevent the development of osteoarthritis (OA), including weight control and exercise.

  2. Arthritis Basics

    WebMD gives basic information about the causes, symptoms, and treatments of arthritis.

  3. Diagnosing Arthritis

    Find out what tests are used to diagnose arthritis.

  4. Arthritis and X-Rays

    WebMD tells you how X-rays are used to diagnose arthritis.

  5. Knee Replacement Surgery

    Joint replacement involves surgery to replace the ends of bones in a damaged joint.

  6. Guidelines for Multiple Joint Replacements - Topic Overview

    Some people may need to have more than one joint replaced-for example,a shoulder and an elbow,a shoulder and a knee,both knees,or a hip and a knee. Doctors have different opinions about what is best,based on their experience and your specific situation. Your doctor will consider many things,but the following are some general guidelines. If you need both a shoulder and an elbow replaced,...

  7. Hip Resurfacing Arthroplasty - Topic Overview

    Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is surgery that replaces the damaged outer surfaces of the femoral head found at the top of the thighbone and,if necessary,the cup-shaped socket where the thighbone meets the pelvis in the hip joint. This surgery was done in the 1970s. But its use decreased,because the parts used to replace the joint surfaces did not hold up well. Now,doctors are using new ...

  8. Cemented or Uncemented Artificial Joints - Topic Overview

    A surgeon has a choice between using cemented or uncemented joints in a joint replacement surgery such as hip, knee, or shoulder replacement surgery.This decision can be made before the surgery, based on your age and X-rays. Or it can be made during the surgery, when your surgeon opens up the joint and can see how the joint looks. One type of joint is not clearly better than the other. Cemented joints form an immediate, strong bond to the bone, but they often loosen after 10 to 20 years. A cemented bond is strongest immediately after surgery and gets weaker over time. Uncemented joints form a bond that may be weaker at first but may form a strong permanent bond as the bone fills in the porous coating. After a strong bond has formed between the bone and the replacement components, uncemented joints are less likely to weaken or loosen over time. Most loosening that can be seen on an X-ray doesn't cause symptoms and isn't a problem.Doctors may be more likely to use uncemented joints in

  9. Joint Replacement: Realistic Expectations - Topic Overview

    It is important to have realistic expectations of joint replacement surgery. Replacement joints are not "miracle" joints. They will not restore a joint to the function it had before the arthritis began. Pain relief is the most dependable outcome of joint replacement. When the pain is relieved,you also may get some function back,but this is not the main goal and is less predictable. On ...

  10. Osteotomy for Osteoarthritis

    Osteotomy (bone cutting) is a procedure in which a surgeon removes a wedge of bone near a damaged joint.

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