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How is joint replacement surgery done to treat knee osteoarthritis?

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Joint replacement surgery, or arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which joints are replaced with artificial parts made from metals or plastic. The replacement could involve one side of the knee or the entire knee. Joint replacement surgery is usually reserved for people over age 50 with severe osteoarthritis. The surgery may need to be repeated later if the prosthetic joint wears out after several years. But with today's modern advancements, most new joints will last over 20 years.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthritis of the Knee."

Familydoctor.org: "Osteoarthritis of the knee."

Arthritis Foundation: "Osteoarthritis."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS): "Knee Problems" and "Arthritis: Handout on Osteoarthritis."

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 11, 2017

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