Total joint replacement surgery consists of replacing painful, arthritic, worn, or cancerous parts of the joint with artificial parts made of plastic, metal, or ceramic that are shaped to allow the joint to move properly.
Joint replacements are very common, with approximately a million procedures completed each year in the United States. Hips and knees are the joints most often replaced, although all joints can be replaced when needed.
Why is Joint Replacement Necessary?
When a joint is severely damaged or has deteriorated due to arthritis to the point where it’s so painful or debilitating that it stops you from performing your daily activities, a joint replacement might resolve the issue. A lot of joint pain is caused by the breakdown of cartilage, which lines the ends of the bones and absorbs much of the friction and impact of the movement. Without sufficient cartilage, there’s nothing to protect the ends of your bones, resulting in significant pain.
If you’ve been experiencing joint pain, weakness, numbness, stiffness, or swelling, contact Orthopedic Associates of Central Texas today or find your location below to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic joint replacement specialist