Osteoarthritis can be a mild problem, one you might be able to live with and control with medication. But for some people, the joint pain and stiffness of osteoarthritis can become so severe that the pain never goes away and they can no longer lead an active life.
When that's the case, joint replacement surgery is often recommended by a doctor. Make no mistake, this surgery isn't for the faint-hearted: It requires a lot of hard work during the recovery period. Over time, however, people who receive new joints not only report being pain free, but also feel more independent and enjoy a better quality of life.