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What type of surgery do you get for osteoarthritis?

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Surgery for osteoarthritis includes:

  • Arthroscopy to clean out the damaged cartilage or repair tissues, most commonly on the knee and shoulder. But recent evidence has questioned its effectiveness for osteoarthritis.
  • Joint replacement surgery replaces the damaged joint with an artificial one. The two joints most often replaced are the hip and the knee.
  • Joint fusion removes the damaged joint and fuses the two bones on either side, in areas where joint replacement isn't effective.

From: The Basics of Osteoarthritis WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

SOURCES: 

CDC. 

Arthritis Foundation. 

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 5, 2018

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