A total joint replacement (or total joint arthroplasty) is a surgical procedure in which certain parts of an arthritic or damaged joint are removed and replaced with a plastic or metal device called prosthesis. The prosthesis is designed to provide renewed stability and joint function. This surgery is done on an inpatient basis in a hospital setting. Joint replacement surgery has a high success rate, resulting in an improved quality of life for many patients.
Total Joint Replacement Lecture
This lecture presented on November 16th, 2005 in conjunction with the Sun City Nurses Association in Huntley, Illinois is an overview of joint replacement: it’s benefits, treatment options, surgical indications, possible complications and high success rates.