Brian Gladnick MD

What is joint replacement surgery?

Most simply put, a joint replacement is a surgical procedure in which the arthritic, worn out joint surfaces are removed, and then resurfaced with a low-friction bearing surface to eliminate pain and restore function. However, there are many types of joint replacements, several different ways to dissect down to the involved joint (called surgical approaches), and various types of bearing surfaces used by different surgeons. 

One of the most important components of the pre-operative discussion is to get a full understanding of the surgeon’s training and experience, what type of operation they plan to perform, and why.

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