Answers to Common Arthritis Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about arthritis.

Is surgery needed for arthritis?

Dr. Michael Raab discusses surgery and arthritis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


In treating arthritis, many health care professionals regard surgery as an option only after all non-invasive methods have been exhausted and proved ineffective, according to the Arthritis FoundationOff Site Icon.

Joint replacement surgery involves the removal of joint tissue, according to the American College of RheumatologyOff Site Icon. The joint is then resurfaced with a metal or plastic implant that provides the same flexibility and mobility as a natural joint, according to the ACR. Any joint in the body can be replaced this way, but the most common joints that are replaced are those in the hip and knee, according to the ACR.

For more information about arthritis surgery, talk to your doctor.

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Source: Michael Raab, MD, Premier Orthopedics

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