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What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery?

What is Total Joint Replacement Surgery?

From wrists to knees, our joints bear the brunt of so many daily activities. If you're one of the millions of Americans living with and suffering from joint pain every day, total joint replacement surgery may be the right treatment for you.

Read on to learn more about this surgery, which patients qualify for it, and the recovery process.

What Is It?

A total joint replacement procedure involves removing an arthritic or otherwise damaged joint and replacing it with a prosthesis typically made of plastic, metal, or ceramic. The end goal is for the replacement joint will act as the original, resolving your previous pain.

The most common joint replacements are performed on the hips and knees, but this procedure can also be done on the ankles, wrists, shoulders, and elbows.

Who Qualifies for Total Joint Replacement?

This surgery is typically recommended for patients whose knee pain is so severe that it significantly interferes with their quality of life and daily activities, and who have not found relief from other treatments such as physical therapy, weight loss, or medications.


Total joint replacement surgery takes a few hours, and then the patient is brought to a recovery room to be monitored for 1-3 days. The amount of time varies based on patient age, overall health, and ability to meet mobility goals. You will be encouraged to use your new joint when possible, following the instruction of your doctor.

An essential part of recovery is attending physical therapy. Your physical therapist will help you adjust to the new joint, restore your range of motion, regain strength, and prevent further injury. Total recovery time varies between each patient, but soon your pain will subside and your joint will be working like new.

Speak to Our Orthopedic Surgeons Today

Total joint replacement surgery is a life-changing event for many people who suffer from debilitating joint pain. If you believe you are the right candidate for this procedure, contact our team at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital by calling (406) 228-3500 today.