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What Is Arthroplasty?

Arthroplasty is a surgical procedure used to help joints work better. During arthroplasty, surgeons resurface bones, and this helps the joint that connects these bones function better.

Arthroplasty may be recommended when the patient has one of the following:

Osteoarthritis and degenerative disk disease—for example—cause older patients to lose cartilage inside their joints. This cartilage pads or cushions joints and allows them to move easily. But after cartilage wears down, some patients need arthroplasty to smooth the ends of their bones so they can move more easily.

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Types of Arthroplasty: Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Patients can have arthroplasty surgery on their hip, shoulder, or knee. But when doctors use arthroplasty to treat back pain, it’s usually because a patient has a condition called ankylosing spondylitis.

Ankylosing spondylitis can cause pain and inflammation. This is because ankylosing spondylitis causes the joints and ligaments inside the spine to get stiff and inflamed. These joints and ligaments help you move and flex your spine. But when they’re inflamed, it can become harder for you to move normally.

Scheduling an Arthroplasty Evaluation

Spine surgeons at University of Utah Health are experts in these procedures that ease pain and help patients enjoy a higher quality of life. Schedule an evaluation if you feel arthroplasty may help reduce your joint pain.

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