Joint replacement surgery (arthrodesis) is performed to treat painful and damaged joints, often due to arthritis. It is an effective treatment option if the patient is a candidate for the surgery. It is not just effective but is a long-lasting treatment option for damaged joints.
When conservative methods have failed, joint replacement can provide relief. Surgeons usually recommend conservative procedures such as steroid injections and physical therapy first.
Surgeons can perform joint replacement surgery on many areas of the body where there are damaged joints, though the spine is common.
What is the purpose of the surgery? To fuse two bones. As a result, it becomes one stable and solid bone. The procedure reduces pain and provides stability to the joint.
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