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What is a joint replacement surgery for osteoarthritis?

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Joint replacement or other surgery is usually the last treatment tried for osteoarthritis. Doctors often recommend putting off surgery as long as possible. But for best results, it’s also important not to wait too long to replace a damaged joint.

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Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

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Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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