Joint replacement is surgery that replaces an arthritic or badly damaged joint, such as the hip or knee, with a prosthetic (artificial) part made from materials such as metal, polyethylene, ceramics or a mixture of materials. Joint replacement is done to reduce pain and make moving easier and better. Replacement of a joint may be recommended for patients who have a long history of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis of the hip or knee that has left the joint severely damaged. Joint replacement surgery can help patients return to comfortable and productive lives.
The Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is a long-time leader in joint replacement care. Our innovative and high-quality diagnosis and treatment led US News & World Report to recognize our orthopaedic program as one of the country's best. Our staff continually strives to raise the standards of care for joint replacement, developing advanced surgical protocols and designing improved joint implants. Our experienced and skilled orthopaedic surgeons offer joint replacement surgeries that help hundreds of patients each year return to full, active lives.
For some patients, joint repair may be possible as an alternative to joint replacement, eliminating or delaying the need for joint replacement. In addition, for patients with cartilage damage or early arthritis in the knee, repair surgery is offered at our specialized Cartilage Repair Center.
Patients seeking joint replacement care at BWH can be seen at four locations in the greater Boston area. Our orthopaedic surgery staff consists of more than 40 physicians who provide patients with expert, comprehensive care, while encouraging them and their loved ones to be active participants in their care and recovery. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is part of the Orthopaedic & Arthritis Center of Excellence at BWH. Here specialists in orthopaedic surgery, physiatry, rheumatology, and rehabilitation, work together with dedicated nurses, physician assistants, and other professionals, to provide state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for thousands of patients annually.
At the BWH Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, our orthopaedic surgeons and researchers work to develop new treatment options for patients with joint problems. Our research team takes the latest findings from basic and clinical investigations and translates them into new treatment options for skeletal and joint health, including replacement and repair techniques. We focus on chronic and acute orthopaedic and joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, problem fractures, sports injuries, bone cancers and metastases, spine diseases, osteoporosis, and skeletal aging.
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