Total joint replacement surgery entails the removal of a damaged joint to be replaced with a plastic, metal or ceramic prosthesis. This device has been specifically designed to work and replicate the function or movement of the bad joint so that the patient can return to their normal activities.
While joint replacement may be performed on body parts like the ankle, wrist, elbows, and shoulders, the two most common total joint replacement surgeries are done for the hips and knees, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Experts say in a study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery that 5.26 percent of individuals in the U.S. have had total hip replacement surgery by the age of 80 years old, while 10.38 percent underwent total knee replacement surgery. In both instances, it's female patients who need the procedure more than male patients.
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