Some common symptoms include:
You may be a candidate for joint replacement surgery if you have:
Usually, the ideal candidate is older.
Younger, more active people may put extra stress on artificial joints. This has historically caused them to wear out earlier than expected. The good news for younger patients is that the more modern bearing surfaces appear to be wearing out far less.
Joint replacement surgery is helpful for treating many joint conditions, including:
Doctors usually try other measures before resorting to partial or total joint replacement surgery.
Treatments to delay or avoid joint replacement may include:
Many doctors choose not to perform joint replacement surgery if you haven't tried a more conservative treatment or if the pain is not severe enough to justify the risk of surgery.
Even if the surgery would benefit you, there are reasons why you may not be a good candidate.
Restrictions may also depend on what joint you’re replacing.