Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces a damaged knee with an artificial joint, called a prothesis. This surgery is most common for people ages 60 to 80. Learn more about knee replacement surgery ›

What Happens During Knee Replacement Surgery?

When a knee is so severely damaged by disease or injury, an artificial knee replacement may be considered. During knee replacement surgery, joint surfaces are substituted or replaced by prostheses. Nearly 600,000 knee replacement surgeries are performed annually in the U.S.

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How to Prepare for Elective Surgery

Being scheduled for surgery can be frightening. People who prepare mentally and physically before their operations are likely to have fewer complications, less pain, and a quicker recovery than those who don't prepare. The following suggestions can help you take an active role in the medical decision-making process and your preparation for surgery, thus increasing the probability the procedure will have a positive outcome.

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Choosing a Hospital

You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort, according to the American Hospital Association. The following information and strategies can help you understand and research hospitals in your community.

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Sex After Joint Replacement: Becoming Intimate Again

After a total joint replacement, you may have many questions: How soon can I be active? How will my sex life be affected? When can I have sex again? The good news is: it’s likely that you can return to sex sooner than many other activities.

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Personal Story Network: The Experience of Joint Replacement Surgery

If you, or someone you know is considering joint replacement, you may find some comfort in reading what others went through. A few patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers generously share their stories about knee and hip replacement surgery in their own words in the hope that others will benefit from their experience and knowledge.

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