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How does knee replacement surgery reduce symptoms of OA?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Knee replacement surgery relieves osteoarthritis symptoms by removing the painful, damaged joint and replacing it with an artificial one. After you've gone through physical therapy and recovery, you should be able to resume your daily activities with little or no pain in that joint. If you have osteoarthritis symptoms in other joints, such as the other knee or the hips, knee replacement surgery may help by letting you walk more normally again. This can ease pain by taking some stress off those joints as well.

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