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    What is 'Joint Replacement Surgery'?

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    My doctor has advised that I will need joint replacement surgery, but what is involved?
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    • Dr Aziz Bhimani
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  • As an Orthopaedic Surgeon, I specialise in all aspects of hip and knee surgeries. Over the course of more than five thousands surgeries, I have … View Profile

    Hip joint and knee joint replacements are helping people of all ages live happier more active lives. Joints are formed by the ends of two or more bones connected by tissue called cartilage. Healthy cartilage serves as a protective cushion, allowing smooth, low-friction movement of the joint. If the cartilage becomes damaged by disease or injury, the tissues around the joint become inflamed, causing pain. With time, the cartilage wears away, allowing the rough edges of bone to rub against each other, causing more pain.

    When only some of the joint is damaged, Dr Bhimani may be able to repair or replace just the damaged parts. When the entire joint is damaged, a total joint replacement is done. To replace a total hip or knee joint, Dr Bhimani removes the diseased or damaged parts and inserts artificial parts, called prostheses or implants.

    Over the last several years hip and knee replacement has evolved to be a minimally invasive surgical technique for patients to undergo.

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