Center for Hip & Knee Reconstruction

Total Joint Replacement

Total joint replacement, or joint arthroplasty, is most often performed on hips and knees, but it can also be done on ankles, elbows, and shoulders. Surgeons remove damaged cartilage (the smooth caps on the end of bones that lets bones glide smoothly) and replace an injured joint with an artificial one.

An artificial joint can improve your body’s movement and your overall quality of life. If you have these symptoms, you may want to choose a joint replacement:

  • Moderate to severe arthritis
  • Significant limits on normal daily activity from your joints, for example grocery shopping causes severe pain
  • Severe pain in your joints that is not managed by anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) 

A total joint replacement will help you return to your normal activities and relieve your pain (95 percent success rate). 

What Is a Joint Replacement Made Of?

A replacement joint is a manufactured prosthesis made of titanium, chrome cobalt, and polyethylene.

Best Knee & Hip Surgeons

Our commitment is to assist patients who have a diminished quality of life by using state-of-the-art, proven treatment and surgical methods in the diagnosis and treatment of our patients. We use a comprehensive and collaborative approach from the beginning to the end utilizing all the resources available at the University Orthopaedic Center and University of Utah Health system. Care is provided by the most experienced adult reconstruction specialists in the Mountain West.

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