Joint Replacement Surgery
Joint replacement surgery is normally undertaken by an
. A joint is any area where two bones are attached to allow movement of body parts, and is usually formed of fibrous connective tissue and cartilage. Joint replacement surgery, known as
involves a diseased or damaged joint being removed and replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). Artificial joints are usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic materials. The most common joint replacements are the
, along with the
, wrist, elbow and ankle.
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