If non-surgical treatments like medications and walking supports no longer help relieve your chronic knee pain, you may want to consider knee replacement surgery to relieve pain and improve mobility of the knee joint. Knee replacement surgery involves replacing damaged ends of the thigh and lower leg (shin) bones with new joint surfaces made of metal and plastic.
If therapy or medicine no longer helps with your chronic hip pain, total hip replacement might be for you. With hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic surgeon removes the damaged area of your hip joint and replaces it with an artificial joint made of metal, ceramic or plastic. Materials used in making your artificial joints are strong and designed to last a long time inside your body.