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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  3. Osteotomy for Osteoarthritis

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

  4. Knee Replacement Surgery

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

  5. Joint Fusion Surgery (Arthrodesis) to Treat Arthritis

    Bone or joint fusion surgery, called arthrodesis, is performed to relieve arthritis pain in the hips, ankles, wrists, fingers, thumbs, or spine.

  6. Foot and Ankle Osteoarthritis

    WebMD explains osteoarthritis of the foot and ankle, including causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

  7. Shoulder Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis of the Shoulder)

    WebMD looks at osteoarthritis of the shoulder, including its causes, symptoms, treatments, and more.

  8. Hand Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis of the Hand)

    WebMD explains osteoarthritis of the hand, including causes and treatments and how to manage the pain.

  9. Arthritis and Hip Replacement Surgery

    Learn more from WebMD about hip replacement surgery for an arthritic hip.

  10. Treating OA at Home

    From assistive devices to heat and cold therapy, these tips from WebMD help you manage the pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis at home.

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