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.
Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery: Questions for Doctor
If you're considering hip replacement or knee replacement surgery, here are some questions you should ask your doctor first.
What Is Osteotomy
This type of surgery cuts and reshapes your bones. It’s used to treat a damaged joint and can even stave off a hip or knee replacement.
What Is Joint Fusion Surgery?
“Welding” together the bones in a joint can offer relief for severe arthritis pain. But this surgery does have risks, and a long recovery time.
Preparing for Ankle Replacement Surgery
WebMD explains what you need to do to get ready for ankle replacement surgery.
How Your New Ankle Will Work
Here's what to expect after you've recovered from ankle replacement surgery. Learn how your new ankle will work and how it might feel.
Is Ankle Replacement Right for You?
WebMD explains the risks and benefits of getting ankle replacement surgery.
Taking Care of Your Joints After Ankle Replacement
WebMD explains how to take care of your joints after ankle replacement surgery.
Joint Replacement: Risks vs. Benefits
Find out the pros and cons of surgery to replace a painful hip or knee joint.