When Is Joint Replacement Surgery Not Appropriate?

Even though joint replacement surgery may be an effective way to minimize or eliminate joint pain, your doctor may decide that surgery is not appropriate for you. Some reasons could include:

  • You have an infection or a history of infection
  • You don't have enough bone, or the bone is not strong enough to support a new joint
  • You have injured nerves in your joint
  • You have injured or nonfunctional joint muscles
  • Your joint is severely unstable
  • Your bones are not fully grown or developed
  • You have noticeable bone loss or a severe decrease in bone mass (osteoporosis)
  • Your joint has been previously fused and is stable, functional, and painless
  • You have rheumatoid arthritis and active/history of skin lesions (due to increased risk of infection)

If you are concerned about any of these topics, talk to your doctor about pain relief alternatives to joint replacement surgery.

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