Your doctor may recommend joint replacement surgery if you have severe joint pain and disability from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or traumatic injury. A joint replacement can relieve pain and help you live a fuller, more active life.
During the surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon will replace your damaged bone with an artificial device (implant). Implants are made of metal alloys, ceramic material, or strong plastic parts, and can be joined to your bone by acrylic cement. There are many different types of implants and the recommended implant depends on many factors, including your needs (based on your age, weight, activity level, and health). Your surgeon will discuss with you the type of implant that best meets your needs.
If you are experiencing joint pain, you should consult with an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the severity of the problem.
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