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Once you have chosen surgery

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Also called arthroplasty, joint replacement surgery is performed to relieve pain and restore range of motion by realigning or reconstructing a joint.  After all nonsurgical treatment options have been exhausted, joint replacement surgery may be right for you.  Discuss your options with your doctor.  

If you and your doctor choose joint replacement surgery, review this section to learn: 

  • How to prepare for surgery
  • What happens during surgery
  • Who will perform the surgery
  • How pain is controlled
  • Information about the hospital stay