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What does knee replacement surgery involve to treat knee osteoarthritis?

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If you have tried all other osteoarthritis treatment options and still have knee pain, your doctor may suggest knee replacement. It can help reduce your pain and improve your ability to move. Knee replacement surgery involves removing all or part of the knee joint and replacing the damaged parts with an artificial joint. These are made of metals and plastics. It may take months to recover fully, but the relief can last many years or even a lifetime.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?”

Arthritis Foundation: “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Dietary Supplements for Osteoarthritis."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Arthroscopy."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Total Knee Replacement.”

American College of Rheumatology: “Recommendations for the Medical Management of Osteoarthritis of the Hip and Knee.”

Arthritis Foundation: Osteoarthritis Treatment: “What medications are used to treat osteoarthritis?”

Arthritis Foundation: “51 Ways to Be Good to Your Joints.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Good News for Knees.”

FamilyDoctor.org: “Osteoarthritis of the Knee.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on December 13, 2018

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