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Joint Replacement Surgery

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What do I need to know about joint replacement surgery?

Joint replacement surgery is done to repair or replace part or all of a joint. The joint may be damaged by injury or disease and can be repaired or replaced with a new one. You may try other treatments before joint replacement surgery, such as steroid injections or medicines. The goals of joint replacement are pain relief and increased function. Knee, hip, and shoulder joints are the most common joints replaced.

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