Arthritis is usually a chronic (long-term) and progressive disease that can cause pain, disability, and deformity. Surgery may be recommended by your doctor to improve your quality of life or when other measures are not sufficient to relieve symptoms.
Previously, people resorted to surgery as a last resort if other treatments failed and when there was severe pain. Now, some doctors recommend surgery before the patient is completely debilitated or severe joint injuries occur.
There are several points to consider prior decision to operate, including the benefits and potential risks.
Benefits of surgery
Common Myths about the surgery for arthritis
There are several misunderstandings about what a surgery can or cannot achieve. Knowing in advance what to expect will help you along the way to a successful recovery if you decide to go forward with it.
Some of the myths are:
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