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.
What’s Knee Replacement Surgery?
Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common bone surgeries in the U.S. If you have severe arthritis, an injury, or a condition that affects your knees, learn more about the type of surgery that might be right for you.
Arthroscopy and Arthritis
Learn about arthroscopy, which is one of the most commonly performed procedures to help diagnose problems in the knee and shoulder, including arthritis.
Arthritis Diagnosis and Treatment
Get the basics on arthritis diagnosis and treatment options from the experts at WebMD.
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.
Is Less-Invasive Hip Replacement Best for You?
Finding the right surgeon and asking the right questions can help determine if minimally invasive hip replacement is right for you.
Tour de France Champ Faces Hip Surgery
Doctors explain why osteonecrosis is leading to hip replacement surgery for cyclist Floyd Landis.
How to Beat the Pain of Aging
Aches and pains don’t have to come with age. What causes neck, back, and knee pain, and how to prevent or relieve it with exercise and stretches.
Beyond Arthritis: Hip and Knee Replacements for Women
With the baby boom generation hitting their 60s -- the age at which joints start to hurt and ultimately give out -- more and more women are seeking knee and hip replacements to maintain their active lifestyle.