You may be a candidate for joint replacement (or arthroplasty) if you have:
- Chronic knee pain, hip pain or shoulder pain
- Difficulty moving due to arthritis or injury
- Pain that keeps you from sleeping or doing normal activities
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Implants or replacements don't last forever.
Implants stay in good shape for about 10 years. After 20 years, 75-80% still perform well. Your level of activity and other factors can affect how long an implant lasts.
Younger patients often recover faster from surgery. They regain use of their joints faster than older patients. But, younger patients may eventually need the surgery again, due to their longer life expectancy.
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Alternatives to Joint Implants
If you're experiencing joint pain, the first step is to try alternatives to surgery, including:
- Pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Physical therapy
- Injections of steroid injections or lubricants
If you have shoulder arthritis or injury, you might consider resurfacing arthroplasty. In this procedure, your surgeon only removes the diseased cartilage and bone. Talk with an orthopedic specialist to find out if this alternative would work for you.