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How does joint replacement help with treating knee and hip osteoarthritis?

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Replacing the joint that has osteoarthritis can get rid of pain. When other things don't provide enough relief, your doctor may recommend a hip or knee replacement surgery. Your surgeon may replace all of the joint or part of it. After recovery, most people can walk more easily and are mostly pain-free.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Osteoarthritis of the Hip," "Arthritis of the Knee."

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, professor of orthopaedic surgery, Rush University Medical Center.

Arthritis Foundation: "Who Gets Osteoarthritis?" "Osteoarthritis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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