The most severe cases of osteoarthritis can often result in joint replacement surgery. Artifical joints are fairly common in this day and age, but it is still a very serious procedure. Advances have been made in robotics and in the materials used in artificial joints, leading to fewer complications and faster recovery time. Knees, shoulders, ankles and hips are replaced with frequency at major clinics around the country.
Most of our readers (and fellow osteoarthritis sufferers) realize that this disease is not only painful but also very frustrating. When I was first diagnosed with OA approximately 12 years ago, I knew very little about it. At times, I'm not entirely sure that I'm that much more knowledgable now! When I had the first surgery to replace a joint…